Books et al.Classics Revisited

Vanquishing false idols, then and now

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Science  20 Mar 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6484, pp. 1312
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba5802

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In the early 17th century, the English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon envisioned a bold, multiphase program to accumulate knowledge of the natural world. A critical part of this plan was Novum Organum, which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. In this work, Bacon attempted to undo the centuries-old dominance of Aristotelian forms of inquiry, encouraging readers to instead apply inductive reasoning to carefully curated observations of the natural world.

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