Quotation by Francis Bacon

For man is but the servant and interpreter of nature: what he does and what he knows is only what he has observed of nature's order in fact or in thought; beyond this he knows nothing and can do nothing.
Francis Bacon (1560–1626), British political figure, essayist. The Great Instauration, "Plan of the Work," p. 264, Essays, Advancement of Learning, New Atlantis, and Other Pieces, ed. Richard Foster Jones, Odyssey Press, New York (1937).

An important statement of the "new science."
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