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Roots of the Fact

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Science  05 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5467, pp. 817
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5467.817

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A Culture of Fact England, 1550-1720. Barbara J. Shapiro. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 2000. 296 pp. $42.50. ISBN 0-8014-3686-9.

In opposition to previous claims that the concept of fact initially developed in the domain of Baconian natural philosophy, Shapiro argues that the concept originated in the English law court of the 16th century.