In 2010, The Royal Society featured the “Desiderata” (previously) of Robert “Boyle’s Law” Boyle, a list of dozens of scientific discoverie and breakthroughs that Boyle hoped would be discovered by scientists.

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The Prolongation of Life.

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The Recovery of Youth, or at least some of the Marks of it, as new Teeth, new Hair colour’d as in youth.

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The Art of Flying.

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The Art of Continuing long under water, and exercising functions freely there.

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The Cure of Wounds at a Distance.

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The Cure of Diseases at a distance or at least by Transplantation.

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The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions.

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The Emulating of Fish without Engines by Custome and Education only.

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The Acceleration of the Production of things out of Seed.

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The Transmutation of Metalls.

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The makeing of Glass Malleable.

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The Transmutation of Species in Mineralls, Animals, and Vegetables.

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The Liquid Alkaest and Other dissolving Menstruums.

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The making of Parabolicall and Hyperbolicall Glasses.

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The making Armor light and extremely hard.

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The practicable and certain way of finding Longitudes.

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The use of Pendulums at Sea and in Journeys, and the Application of it to watches.

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Potent Druggs to alter or Exalt Imagination, Waking, Memory, and other functions, and appease pain, procure innocent sleep, harmless dreams, etc.

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A Ship to saile with All Winds, and A Ship not to be Sunk.

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Freedom from Necessity of much Sleeping exemplify’d by the Operations of Tea and what happens in Mad-Men.

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Pleasing Dreams and physicall Exercises exemplify’d by the Egyptian Electuary and by the Fungus mentioned by the French Author.

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Great Strength and Agility of Body exemplify’d by that of Frantick Epileptick and Hystericall persons.

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A perpetuall Light.

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Varnishes perfumable by Rubbing.

What scientists want: Robert Boyle’s to-do list [The Repository/Royal Society Archives]


(via Beyond the Beyond)

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