When the Puritans came to power in the middle of the seventeenth century, they not only appointed experimental scientists to important posts in the universities but proposed to reform the universities by introducing the new sciences in place of the traditional studies as more conducive to 'the general good and benefit of mankind'. There was even a proposal to turn Christ Church into a scientific institute; which partly explains why that college became the centre of opposition to the new science. See further, R. F. Jones, 'The Background of the Attack on Science in the Age of Pope', in Pope and His Contemporaries (1949), ed. J. L. Clifford and L. A. Landa.
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