Great Insults from History

edward coke
Francis Bacon and Edward Coke were intellectual rivals. Bacon was a father of the scientific method, and a hero to top-down engineering types. Coke was more from the bottom-up evolutionary common law tradition. When Bacon presented a copy of his New Organon to Coke, Coke inscribed this couplet on the title page:

It deserveth no to be read in Schooles
But to be freighted in the ship of Fooles

(F.A. Hayek, The Trend of Economic Thinking, 72.)


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