Few people today have heard of Friar Roger Bacon, an English Franciscan from the Thirteenth Century. But even a cursory examination of his many writings can amaze the modern reader with the clarity of his explanation of what we now call the scientific method, and the numerous predictions he made for future science – all based on his remarkable talent for study and observation. The course looks at Friar Bacons’ predecessors, his methods, his writings, his aims, and his predictions; and finally how his writings anticipated inventions and scientific principles that we take for granted today.