Bacon considered that it is of greatest importance to science not to keep doing intellectual discussions or seeking merely contemplative aims, but that it should work for the bettering of mankind's life by bringing forth new inventions, having even stated that "inventions are also, as it were, new creations and imitations of divine works" .  He cites examples from the ancient world, saying that in Ancient Egypt the inventors were reputed among the gods, and in a higher position than the heroes of the political sphere, such as legislators, liberators and the like. He explores the far-reaching and world-changing character of inventions, such as in the stretch:
Sixty-gallon rain barrels are available for about $100 from various regional non-profits working on water conservation and pollution (in the DC area, from the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin: http:///cms/?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=69 ). You can also get larger tank-style ones for under $500 (a better deal if you are planning to buy more than four of the 60-gallon types). They will fill with each rain (one inch of rain drops about 600 gallons on a typical roof) and might tip the balance regarding watering. I use water from ours for watering the indoor plants as well.