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Author photo. Roger Bacon. Frontispiece from A Book of Essays (1905) by Samuel Abraham Hirsch.

Roger Bacon. Frontispiece from A Book of Essays (1905) by Samuel Abraham Hirsch.

Roger Bacon (1214–1294)

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Includes the names: Rogerus Bacon, Bacone Ruggero, friar Roger Bacon

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Roger Bacon, O.F.M. c. 1214 – 1294; scholastic accolade Doctor Mirabilis, meaning "wonderful teacher"), was an English philosopher and Franciscan friar who placed considerable emphasis on the study of nature through empirical methods. He is sometimes credited (mainly since the nineteenth century) as one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method inspired by Aristotle and later Arabic scholars such as the Muslim scientist Alhazen. However, more recent reevaluations emphasize that he was essentially a medieval thinker, with much of his "experimental" knowledge obtained from books, in the scholastic tradition. A survey of how Bacon's work was received over the centuries found that it often reflected the concerns and controversies that were central to his readers.
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