Forays Into a New Field: Experimental Science and the First Four Decades of the Royal Society

Joshua Scarlett, University of York, Science Museum (London) jas611@york.ac.uk Forays into a new field Introduction The Royal Society and its role in seventeenth and eighteenth century experimental philosophy has been the subject of intense scholarly debate since the early twentieth century. ¬†Questions over the date of its foundation, over who was a member of the Society and what they achieved …