Rise of Big Data underscores need for theory

By Tom Siegfried, 12:18 PM December 3, 2013

Second of two parts (read part 1)

Francis Bacon was a philosopher of science when there wasn’t much real science going on to philosophize about.

Four centuries ago, decades before Newton established the laws of motion and gravity, Bacon set out to establish the laws of doing science to begin with. Bacon articulated the need for observation and experiment, the empirical approach to acquiring knowledge. He excoriated the followers of Aristotle for their blind acquiescence in ancient authority.


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