History. 45 years ago a history teacher, Mr. Elliot Olson (esquire, he was also a lawyer) asked me what I thought history was. I closed my eyes, visualized, then replied, "Ideological disputes and a lot of people just standing around, flossing I think." He gave me a good grade. Not an A, but just good enough to get me interested forever.
Scientific Method. Some
historians credit him with its creation, others credit him with the
modernization of Empiricism. The two factions actually went to war over
this and got very loud on smokey battlefields until they captured a few
of each other and, under threat of torture, told on themselves. When
confessions were reviewed, it was obvious only one side
was involved, if that many, and everybody went home in favor of Bacon's
knighthood. Those few combatants still making trouble claimed Sir
Francis wrote Shakespeare's plays, but this was merely contentious
flapdoodle --a misinterpretation.
Shakespeare asked his wife, Anne Hathaway, "You think more men would buy my poetry if I put bacon in it?"