Science in the Seventeenth Century

Dan recently spoke about publishing negative results at a recent Mozilla Science Lab community call. We received an interesting comment from the audience quoted below:

It’s interesting that in Robert Boyle’s early work in the 1650s he puts a big emphasis on the importance on publishing negative results. His “New Experiments” contains a whole bunch of experiments that didn’t work. He focuses on things like giving people confidence that they shouldn’t expect experiments to work first time.

Very interesting observation, we think.