Francis Bacon (1562-1626). It was science that fascinated him the most, and he was truly one of the first visionaries to understand that science would give mankind the kind of power over nature that had never previously been imagined.
New Atlantis. It is said that Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis” was prophetically written of the future United States of America and Bacon’s vision of a utopian land where science could solve many of man’s woes and ills. This classic work has been an unfinished guide for many who share in the hope of a better world. http://www.cornerstonepublishers.com/fiction-and-literature/new-atlantis
"Nature cannot be commanded except by being obeyed,” wrote scientist and philosopher Sir Francis Bacon half a millennium ago. Photo by Michael Lujan