Possessors of nature

We can have useful knowledge by which, cognizant of the force and actions of fire, water, air, the stars, the heavens and all the other bodies which surround us– knowing them as distinctly as we know the various crafts of the artisans–we may be able to apply them in the same fashion to every use to which they are suited, and thus make ourselves masters and possessors of nature.”

Descarte
Discourse on Method (1637)

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