Roger Bacon

Roger Bacon
Roger Bacon
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  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Friar, Scholar









Roger Bacon OFM, also known by the scholastic accolade Doctor Mirabilis, was an English philosopher and Franciscan friar who placed considerable emphasis on the study of nature through empiricism. In the early modern era, he was regarded as a wizard and particularly famed for the story of his mechanical or necromantic brazen head. He is sometimes credited (mainly since the 19th century) as one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method inspired by Aristotle and by the Arab scientist Alhazen.

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Argument is conclusive … but … it does not remove doubt. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
From the flaming and flashing of certain igneous mixtures and the terror inspired by their noise, wonderful consequences ensue which no one can guard against or endure … when a quantity of this powder, no bigger than a man’s finger, be wrapped up in a piece of parchment and ignited, it explodes with a blinding flash and a stunning noise. If a larger quantity were used, or the case was made of more solid material, the explosion would be much more violent, and the flash and noise altogether unbeatable. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one's brain rejects it; for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how to count and reckon. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Argument is conclusive, but it does not remove doubt, so that the mind may rest in the sure knowledge of the truth, unless it finds it by the method of experiment. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Truth
For if any man who never saw fire proved by satisfactory arguments that fire burns. His hearer's mind would never be satisfied, nor would he avoid the fire until he put his hand in it that he might learn by experiment what argument taught.
For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Reasoning draws a conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, unless the mind discovers it by the path of experience.
The strongest arguments prove nothing so long as the conclusions are not verified by experience. Experimental science is the queen of sciences and the goal of all speculation. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology