Thomas Browne

Thomas BrowneIn existographies, Thomas Browne (1605-1682) (IQ:175|#240) (PR: 2,000+) (CR:6) English physician, philosopher, encyclopedist; noted for []

In 1646, Browne, in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica (Ѻ), a Bacon-like encyclopedia of sorts, building on the earlier term usage of William Gilbert, coined the term “electricity”. [1]

Personal library
Browne’s personal library had over 2,000 titles (Ѻ); subjects: Greek literature, Roman literature, Arabic, contemporary science, philosophy, theology, medicine, esoteric, natural history, literature, geography and history. (Ѻ)

Browne influenced Henry Power.

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The following are quotes by Browne:

Nature does nothing in vain, is the only indisputable axiom in philosophy. There are no grotesques in nature; not any thing framed to fill up empty cantons, and unnecessary spaces.”
— Thomas Browne (1642), Religio Medici (Part I, Section 15) (Ѻ)

“It is a riddle to me how so many learned heads should so far forget their metaphysics, and destroy the ladder and scale of creatures, as to question the existence of spirits.”
— Thomas Browne (1642), Religio Medici; cited by Arthur Lovejoy (1933) in The Great Chain of Being (pg. 80)

Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.”
— Thomas Browne (c.1670)

1. (a) Brown, Thomas. (1646). Pseudodoxia Epidemica – or Enquiries into Very many Received Tenets and commonly presumed Truths. London.
(b) Kirby, R.S., Withington, S. Darling, A. B. and Kilgour, F.G. (1956). Engineering in History (pg. 329). New York: Dover.

Collected works
● Browne, Thomas. (1836). Works and Correspondence (4-volumes) (editor: S. Wilkin). London.

External links
Thomas Browne – Wikipedia.

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