Bacon, Francis (1561-1626)
A London-born statesman and philosopher. As a forerunner of the British empiricist tradition and a prophet
of the dawning scientific revolution, he was the first writer to outline
clearly the proper methods of modern science as the pursuit of knowledge of
natural phenomena. The so-called
Baconian Method of induction emphasizes (a) the examination of particular,
concrete facts, (b) generalizations about such facts, and (c) the necessity of
testing hypotheses via observations and experiments.
Contributed by: Marty Maddox/CTNS
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