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The foundation of the Philosophical Society in 1645, under the impetus of Francis Bacon, and its later development under the Royal Charter (1662) as the Royal Society, was one of the most important developments in the history of science. The catholicity of learning, which Bacon had advocated, was one of its most remarkable early features. Some idea of the position which the Royal Society has occupied from 1665 to the present day can be seen by reference to the number of important contributions to human thought which were first published in the Transactions. [PMM]

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