Scientific Revolution Essay

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During the sixteenth and seventeenth century a revolution was occurring, one that helped shape todays life in all aspects. The intellectual development that occurred during this time period is significant due to the fact that much of these scientists’ ideals are still used to this day. The scientific revolution spurred society into a modernized culture; socially and politically. This revolution in the sixteenth and seventeenth century brought on a new way of life, thinking, and how the church interacted in society as well as in an individual’s everyday life. The social and political development that came out of this time period has greatly shaped today’s in that much of what was studied has transformed the way we think. Many of these great thinkers challenged what those around them knew. A great change occurred in society as a result of the Scientific Revolution, in that women were actually participating in the Scientific Revolution. Many were simply scribes or artists for the philosophers, but also many were lab assistants. Maria Sibylla Merian, a woman, who was greatly involved in the work of these great scientists. She worked with a man and after he returned to his native home she even continued to do her own work . Johan Georg Volkammer who is a doctor living in Nuremberg requests her to work with him, she responds and accepts his offer . She then goes on to describe all of the work that she has done, including the drawings that she has done and the preserving of insects and animals that she has collected. She also would like to have her work published and, “printed for the benefits and pleasure of scholars and lovers of such things, so that they might see what wondrous plants and animals the Lord God has created ... ... middle of paper ... ...orth it and that the church is the political system that they have at this time. The Scientific Revolution revolutionized how people thought and challenged the Church’s involvement politically. Women are now able to work alongside men and help them with their experiments, drawing, organizing, and such, as well as influencing their work. The Church also was an institution that was greatly challenged due to this idea of freedom of thought. The Church could not insert itself in the everyday life of an individual. No longer did the average person need to have the Church tell them or explain to them something that they were to believe. Instead most individuals due to the Scientific Revolution were able to read these great works that were published and not because women translated them, but also many were gaining an education greater than what was once available.
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