Franklin punned that compared to his ruminations on flatulence, other scientific investigations royal essays “scarcely worth a FART-HING”. A Letter to a Royal Academy” was composed in response to a call for scientific papers from the Royal Academy of Brussels. The essay goes on to discuss the way different foods affect the odor of flatulence and to propose scientific testing of farting.
Franklin also suggests that scientists work to develop a drug, “wholesome and not disagreeable”, which can be mixed with “common Food or Sauces” with the effect of rendering flatulence “not only inoffensive, but agreeable as Perfumes”. Copies of the essay were privately printed by Franklin at his printing press in Passy. Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School. Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc. Follow the link for more information. Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the learned society in the United Kingdom. The Royal Society Coat of Arms.
The President, Council and Fellows of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, commonly known as the Royal Society, is a learned society. The society is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Society’s President, according to a set of statutes and standing orders. The members of Council and the President are elected from and by its Fellows, the basic members of the society, who are themselves elected by existing Fellows. 9 Carlton House Terrace, a Grade I listed building in central London which was previously used by the Embassy of Germany, London.
The Invisible College has been described as a precursor group to the Royal Society of London, consisting of a number of natural philosophers around Robert Boyle. In letters in 1646 and 1647, Boyle refers to “our invisible college” or “our philosophical college”. The society’s common theme was to acquire knowledge through experimental investigation. John Evelyn, who helped to found the Royal Society. The Royal Society started from groups of physicians and natural philosophers, meeting at a variety of locations, including Gresham College in London. Another view of the founding, held at the time, was that it was due to the influence of French scientists and the Montmor Academy in 1657, reports of which were sent back to England by English scientists attending.
Royal Society, and making the French the first. I will not say, that Mr Oldenburg did rather inspire the French to follow the English, or, at least, did help them, and hinder us. On 28 November 1660, the 1660 committee of 12 announced the formation of a “College for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematical Experimental Learning”, which would meet weekly to discuss science and run experiments. The society’s early meetings included experiments performed first by Hooke and then by Denis Papin, who was appointed in 1684.
These experiments varied in their subject area, and were both important in some cases and trivial in others. There had been an attempt in 1667 to establish a permanent “college” for the society. Michael Hunter argues that this was influenced by “Solomon’s House” in Bacon’s New Atlantis and, to a lesser extent, by J. The 18th century featured remedies to many of the society’s early problems. Some modern research has asserted that the claims of the society’s degradation during the 18th century are false. Richard Sorrenson writes that “far from having ‘fared ingloriously’, the society experienced a period of significant productivity and growth throughout the eighteenth century”, pointing out that many of the sources critical accounts are based on are in fact written by those with an agenda.
Politically within the society, the mid-18th century featured a “Whig supremacy” as the so-called “Hardwicke Circle” of Whig-leaning scientists held the society’s main Offices. In 1780, the society moved again, this time to Somerset House. The property was offered to the society by His Majesty’s Government and, as soon as Sir Joseph Banks became president in November 1778, he began planning the move. 662 fellows in 1830, only 104 had contributed to the Philosophical Transactions. The period did lead to some reform of internal Society statutes, such as in 1823 and 1831.