This is a collection of publicly available references to documents or other materials that have been relevant to the discussions, and which might be relevant to the book or as a resource for other related activiies.
NB The presence of materials lists here is not intended to be an endorsement by this project of their content. In the same way, the absence of materials from these lists should not be interpreted as a deliberate rejection or repudiation of their content.
This is intended to provide a brief bibliography of information to help newcomers to the the project to get started. The aim here is to provide a concise list of cheap or free resources, written in English translation.
One thing to note is that the title Novum Organum is the orginal Latin title. Bacon wrote this work in Latin: in those days this would have made it accessible to other scholars in Europe. Novum means new. His choice of the word Organum relates to the work by Aristotle: Organon, the equivalent word in Greek, and means tool, instrument or organ. In this way, Bacon indicated that his work followed on from that of Aristotle. In the same way, the vision for this New Novum Organum project is to produce a work that follows on from that of Bacon.
Francis Bacon was born during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who was the last of the Tudor house. Bacon rose to high office under the reign of James I, the first of the Stuarts, and who was also James VI of Scotland.
The Wikipedia accounts are (probably necessarily) quite simplistic, but it seems clear that Bacon's influence with both Elizabeth I and James I was signifcant in maintaining some stability, during his own lifetime, and Bacon's impeachment in 1621 was the unfortunate first step in Charles I's demise.