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On Francis Bacon
On Francis Bacon

On Francis Bacon

From History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science by John William Draper: “[Lord] Bacon was not only ignorant of mathematics, but depreciated its application to physical inquiries. He contemptuously rejected the Copernican system, alleging absurd objections to it. While Galileo was on the brink of his great telescopic discoveries, Bacon was publishing doubts as to the utility of instruments in scientific investigations. To ascribe the inductive method to him is to ignore history. His fanciful philosophical suggestions have never been of the slightest practical use. No one has ever thought of employing them. Except among English readers, his name is almost unknown. ” I stumbled on a reference to Draper’s quote while listening to Pioneers of Science by Sir Oliver Lodge.

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