2 February – 2 May 1998 : Held in association with the Bodleian Library
Solomon’s knowledge, unlike Adam’s, was won through diligence and application. Adam had enjoyed an effortless knowledge of all things in his innocence in Eden, but natural histories had to be compiled through collection and organization. Bacon presented ‘Salomon’s House’ as an institution for just such improvement through observation, experiment, organization and method. The call to such work was taken up by several groups and societies in seventeenth-century England, the best-known example being the Royal Society of London.
Biblical metaphors of knowledge in early modern Europe.