We might think of Gulliver’s Travels as a children’s story, but Swift was doing much, much more with his tale — he was satirising the newly emerging scientific method. Rebekah Higgit at The Guardian looks in more detail at the historical context for Gulliver’s explorations:

For historians of science, Jonathan Swift’s book Gulliver’s Travels is well known both as a work of what we might call proto-science fiction and as a satire on the experimental philosophy that was being promoted by the Royal Society at the time of its publication – two years before the death of Isaac Newton.

It’s a fascinating read…