Mmmmm…Bacon. Francis Bacon, that is.
January 22, 1561 Francis Bacon (not to be confused with Roger Bacon) was born. Among other things, Bacon described a system for the investigation of natural phenomena using inductive reasoning, observation, and experiment. Later termed the Baconian method, his work was instrumental in the development of what we now know as the scientific method.
Bacon had a great plan for the assessment of all knowledge and planned to codify it in a series of works called the Instauratio Magna. He never completed it, but in this work (also known as the Novum Organum) he outlines his what he feels is the correct way of “interpreting nature.”