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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

FRANCIS BACON (1561-1626) Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans was a great English philosopher, lawyer, statesman, essayist and Lord Chancellor. The inductive method of investigation, described in his Novum Organum in 1620, which involves reasoning from a part to a whole, from the individual to the universal, and since referred to as the inductive method, was necessary for the development of modern science. Bacon's political career ended in disaster in 1621 when he was convicted of bribery and corrupt dealing in chancery suits, but his scientific reputation remains unblemished.

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