`Kiernan is especially good in tracking classical and contemporary allusions; in situating Bacon on the social and political map of his day; and in discussing Bacon's understanding of humanism, rhetoric, dialectic, and moral philosophy.' Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/2
`the commentary offers the reader a store of treasures' Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/2
`Kiernan is especially adept at providing classical and scriptural sources; at connecting the passage in question to others found elsewhere in Bacon's works; at providing historical information and references to texts written by others in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; and at glossing difficult language ... Some of the notes offer exceptionally fine and concise accounts of Bacon's slants on history' Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/2
`Kiernan shares a rich fund of knowledge about Bacon's life, contemporaries, works and seventeenth-century reception; but he is also informative about scholarship on Bacon both old and recent. And even though the textual history of the Advancement is reasonably straightforward, Kiernan offers a fascinating account of the evidence for the processes of proofreading this text' Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXII/2 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Advancement of Learning (full title: Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human) is a 1605 book by Francis Bacon. It inspired the taxonomic structure of the highly influential Encyclopédie by Jean le Rond d'Alembert and Denis Diderot, and is credited by Bacon's biographer-essayist Catherine Drinker Bowen with being a pioneering essay in support of empirical philosophy.
The following passage from The Advancement of Learning was used as the foreword to a popular Cambridge textbook:
- So that as Tennis is a game of no use in itself, but of great use in respect it maketh a quick eye, and a body ready to put itself in all positions, so, in the Mathematics the use which is collateral, an intervenient, is no less worthy, than that which is principle and intended.
- ^Bowen, Catherine Drinker (1963). Francis Bacon: The Temper of a Man. Boston: Atlantic/Little, Brown & Co. pp. 102–110.
- ^William Ludlam (1785), The Rudiments of Mathematics, Cambridge.