Boyle Essay

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The Catholic author and chemist Robert Boyle was undoubtedly the most influential Irish scientist, and rightfully deserved the title and recognitions he received for being so. Beginning his life wealthy and prepared to face the world, he was born to a rich aristocratic father, Earl of Cork, and a family in which he barely spent time with due to his parents belief that children were to be brought up away from their parents, and rather with a nurse, until education begins , Boyle lived with an education touring Europe prior to and during time for schooling. The touring behavior that would soon reflect some of Boyle’s most looked up to religious documents was practiced once Boyle gave up on the college life when, at eight years old, he felt he absorbed nothing but the university social culture, and dropped out. Though he found it more useful to travel and study French, Latin, religion, rhetoric, tennis, fencing, and mathematics as he did on his European tour , Boyle’s university culture helped him socially as he began to collaborate with scientists later on in his life. Exposure to two contrasting beliefs in England at the time, the Church and science, lead Boyle’s life in a direction that would pertain to both. The styles of education he was open to encouraged a mixture of the pseudoscientific and natural worlds, making Boyle a well-rounded social figure that both religious and scientific people would look up to. Therefore, while Robert Boyle’s many works have rewarded society with a complex understanding of both literal and superficial worlds, out of his main three religious, literate, and chemical studies, his scientific publications have proved to be the most valuable.
Boyle’s closeness to his religion, displayed by his experiences, documents, and dedication to understanding his faith, contributed to the fame and superiority of the Church. Boyle’s first successes were a direct result from his dedication and enjoyment with the European touring method of education. However, Boyle was not always strongly connected to his faith. Boyle was of the Anglican Church, although his Puritan sister impacted his religious beliefs in such a way that Boyle did not see religion as necessity of life, as having a fully divided yet fully functional family came easy to him. This idea that religion was not that important to a happy, successful life quickly faded as Boyle first went to England on his tour. Boyle received many religious condemnations and orders from men on the streets, mostly by beggars which he profusely ignored . The dismissing of poor and holy displayed the arrogance a man could inherit from his father, and truly showed the rich side of him that had called the beggars to him in the first place. This confused others nearby, as a rich man was seen powerful, and power was related to the Church. This confusion would foreshadow the results later in his life, when Boyle’s exposure to faith corresponded with his growing attainment in the field of his...

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