Understanding the Scientific Revolution

Understanding the Scientific Revolution

The Scientific Revolution was a time of change and new thinking. Many innovators had new ideas about the earth and many other things, but most challenged the Church in thinking of these new concepts. This revolution was so important to the development of mankind that modern historians honor the phrase with initial capital letters. This change of thought took almost two centuries to become established in western Europe; today this prolonged crisis is known as the Scientific Revolution. This new way of seeking the world, was first introduced with Copernicus's work published in 1543. It reached its triumphal acceptance with the appearance on Isaac Newton's "Principia" in 1687*. The one person who set the Scientific Revolution in motion and pulled modern science out of ancient natural philosophy, was Galileo Galilei. He realized that the old way of looking at the world would have to go; and he knew how to begin constructing a new way. He did this by making physics mathematical. Some say that Galileo and Newton were the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution; for Isaac Newton was born a few months after the death of Galileo. Newton's ideas finally ensured the acceptability of the scientific approach. Another great innovator was Sir Francis Bacon, he developed the widely used scientific method. He proved many scientific truths by doing many experiments. These innovators and more made this revolution very important to everyone alive.

During the Middle Ages, the Europeans believed that the earth was flat. They accepted the Catholic Church's views that the earth was the center of the universe, but others thought differently. According to church doctrine, God created the universe to serve people...

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Talks about different scientists during the Scientific Revolution. Helped me learn about different scientists of the time. I used it to tell about different scientists.

Taylor, James R. The Scientific Revolution: Aspirations and Achievements. New York: Dell, 1965, ©1951

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Vary, David. "Brief history on the Scientific Revolution." New York Times 02 Feb. 1990: 12B

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