At one of the main entrances to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. is an obscure Monument to the inventor of the first commercial photographic process, the French man Luis Daguerre. Created by the sculptor Jonathan Scott Hartley in 1890 it has a inscription on the north side of its base that, today hardly, anybody ever notices. It states:
“Photography, the electric telegraph, and the Steam engine are the three discoveries of the Age. No five centuries in human progress can show such strides as these. @@@@”
Within this little, known inscription is the key to unlocking a hidden design that has been built into some of the most well-known locations in Washington D.C., including its very center, the Capital building. The breakthrough in research to unlocking this key is to realize that it is Francis Bacon’s “lost” Quote.
In 1620 Francis Bacon, the British philosopher and statesman, wrote a passage in his book Novum Organon, in which, similarly, he cites the importance three inventions: Gunpowder, the compass, and the Printing Press. The inscription on the Daguerre monument is its “lost” part, that shows exactly how his inventions have travelled through time and arrived, to spread their influence throughout the New World. Within the book it is shown exactly how, combined these six inventions (compass, gunpowder, printing press, photography telegraph, and the steam engine, show up repeatedly in some of the most key sites and significant features in Washington D.C. There can be only one conclusion, that the city’s planners, long ago, intention designed these sites to reflect these two quotes. They then inscribed the “lost” part that forecasts the future influence of his inventions, on the base of this obscure monument, where it exists, unnoticed, to this day. Together, the inventions listed in both quotes form the six Washington DC inventions.
This book focuses on the origins of these six inventions, the capital building, the Library of Congress and Washington D.C. in general to see how they all show the hidden design that connects to this one obscure inscription: Francis Bacon’s “Lost” Quote.
Francis Bacon himself is one of history’s most elusive and enigmatic figures, whose legacy is still incomplete. His importance to the founding fathers, however, cannot be overstated, as Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “(Francis) Bacon, (Isaac) Newton, and (John) Locke…. I consider them as the three greatest men that have ever lived, without any exception, as having laid the foundation of those superstructures which have been raised in the physical and moral sciences.” Bacon’s most well-known quote, today, is “Knowledge is power”. After reading this book, you will see how one man truly believed his own statement, that “Knowledge is Power” as he dedicated his life to learning about anything and everything. The passage in the Novum Organon, concerning these three inventions, is his own condensed insight into what he truly believed was the most important concurrence in all of history, the discoveries of the compass, gunpowder, and the printing press, as he states, “….from whence have followed innumerable changes, insomuch that no empire, no sect and no star has ever exerted greater influence over human affairs than these three mechanical devices.”
This book is dedicated to the descriptions of and the unraveling of the mystery of the six inventions (compass, gunpowder, the printing press, photography, the telegraph and the steam engine) in and around the most important historical sites in Washington D. C.
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I am 38 years old, have lived in New Jersey all of my life and in my spare time enjoy running, golfing and reading. Over the last several years I have spent researching a nonfiction book on the monuments of Washington DC. The self-published title at Amazon Kindle “Fire, lightning and the Zombies of Doctor Prometheus” is my first published story.