The formation of the Royal Society


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History Today
Vol. 10, no. 8 (August 1960), p. 564-571


From a meeting held in London on November 28th, 1660, sprang Great Britain's famous Royal Society, which gave a powerful impetus to the development of modern science. The subjects it at first dealt with were often strange; but there can be no doubt of the burning "faith and enthusiasm" that inspired the original group of founders