by Adrian Gilbert.
"From the start the Royal Society stood against Aristotelianism. That it took inspiration from the works of Francis Bacon is evidenced by his being depicted on this frontispiece on the other side of the bust of Charles II from Lord Brouckner. The inscription beneath Bacon's feet makes it clear that he has been placed on the frontispiece because he proposed the great instauration that would overthrow the tyranny of Aristotelianism. According to Joseph Glanvill, one of the founder members, the Royal Society's earliest remit was 'to defend against the attacks of the Aristotelian traditionalists, to enlarge knowledge by observation and experiment'. These are the sentiments that had been expressed in the Rosicrucian manifestos of some 50 years earlier." https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0552148482/vortexmapscom-20