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Richard Stout


While you may not consider Wikipedia wholly reliable (see part of entry below), there any number of other sources that will also verify that it was Roger and not Francis Bacon who is usually considered the father of the scientific method. I was so certain, having recently read parts of his Opus Majus. Darrell Schweitzer was certain because, well, he's Darrell Schweitzer

Richard Stout

Roger Bacon (c. 1214 – c. 1292), an English thinker and experimenter, is recognized by many to be the father of modern scientific method. His view that mathematics was essential to a correct understanding of natural philosophy was considered to be 400 years ahead of its time.[134]:2 He was viewed as "a lone genius proclaiming the truth about time," having correctly calculated the calendar[134]:3 His work in optics provided the platform on which Newton, Descartes, Huygens and others later transformed the science of light. Bacon's groundbreaking advances were due largely to his discovery that experimental science must be based on mathematics. (186–187) His works Opus Majus and De Speculis Comburentibus contain many "carefully drawn diagrams showing Bacon's meticulous investigations into the behavior of light."[134]:66 He gives detailed descriptions of systematic studies using prisms and measurements by which he shows how a rainbow functions.

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