The Scientific Revolution

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Throughout history, no other movement has had such a pronounced and obvious impact on our lives as that of the scientific revolution of the mid 1500’s to the late 1700’s. As accepted ideas about the natural world began to shift from religious and philosophical based theories to evidence based conclusions, the entire scientific community would also begin to absorb and apply evidence based findings. Through experimentation and mathematical proofs, science would evolve into the world we see around us today. From medicine, to technology and physics, and as far reaching as internationalism, the scientific revolution is evidenced in our daily lives, in our medicine cabinet, our drive to work, and to our political and world views as influenced by mass media.

As man’s quest to turn lead into gold and produce a chemical concoction that would grant everlasting life turned away from single outcome based research to observation and experimental based study, the death knell of alchemy was sounded and the birth of true chemistry arrived. Throughout the end of the 17th century and into the end of the 18th century, men such as Robert Boyle, Charles Coulomb, and Antoine Lavoisier would step away from old notions of earth, wind, fire, air elements and into true scientific discovery such as oxygen and elemental charges. From these discoveries would come great benefits to all of mankind. The science of chemistry would meet with medicine and biology to produce compounds that save lives, even into our day and age. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medication, even the pink stuff for we take for an upset stomach are the direct result of early chemistry during the scientific revolution.

For most of us today, turning on a light switch in our homes and expe...

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... in space is because Kepler would explain how the moon and earth moved in relation to each other in 1619. Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of physics would allow us to interact with our physical world in a way never thought possible. Even more important than that, was that we learned to start asking questions that never would have occurred to us. Our ability to learn of life in the deepest place on earth, the Challenger Deep (10,916m), or put a man on the moon would never have been possible if not for the men and discoveries of the scientific revolution. The next time you use your computer to check your mail, or make a call on your mobile phone, find a new restaurant to eat at using your GPS, or turn on a light switch, remember the men and women who made our world today possible by being the forward thinkers of yesterday’s world.

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History of World Civilizations

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