Bacon, Francis. Novum Organum Bk. 1 Aphorism 120. Cited in Merton, "Singletons and

 

Bacon, Francis. Novum Organum Bk. 1 Aphorism 120. Cited in Merton, "Singletons and
Multiples in Science," (p.345)

"And for things that are mean or even filthy - things which (as Pliny says) must be introduced
with an apology - such things, no less than the most splendid and costly, must be admitted into
natural history. Nor is natural history polluted thereby: for the sun enters the sewer no less than
the palace, yet takes no pollution. And for myself, I am not raising a capitol or pyramid to the
pride of man, but laying a foundation for a holy temple after the model of the world. That model,
therefore, I follow.For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is
the image of existence and things mean and splendid exist alike. Moreover as from certain putrid
substances - musk, for instance, and civet - the sweetest odors are sometimes generated, so, too,
from mean and sordid instances there sometimes emanates excellent light and information. But
enough and more than enough of this, such fastidiousness being merely childish and effeminate."