Francis Bacon (1562-1626). It was science that fascinated him the most, and he was truly one of the first visionaries to understand that science would give mankind the kind of power over nature that had never previously been imagined.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. - Francis Bacon, 1561-1626. English philosopher, statesman, scientist and author. He served both as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England.