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The main idea of the butterfly affect is that any change can have a large effect on history. Without certain historical events the world today would be significantly different. Some of these major events were not events at all. Instead they can be classified as slow periods of continuous change, such as The Scientific Revolution. To be classified as a major event or time period it must change the way a significant amount of people live. The first major time period in history was The Scientific revolution that changed the way people think about the natural word around them. The next major change that occurred was the industrial revolution that changed people’s life by changing the economy. The first real event that changed the world was how peace was handled after World War II. The most current significant event is the atomic age, which can erase all of man’s progress in a single event. These events in history were significant because they changed the how people live their daily lives. The Scientific Revolution allowed mankind to better understand the natural world around them through deductive reasoning, and thus changed the way people think about the world. Before the beginning of the Revolution great scientific minds, of the time, such as Peter Apian believed that solar system revolved around the earth. These scientists did not use deductive reasoning, that later lead the Revolution. Instead they believed that, “faith told them [it] must be true”(388*). The real start of the Revolution began with the usage of deductive reasoning, logical reasoning from a logical progression facts, which Copernicus utilized. From accurate acquired data he was able to rationalize that the solar system did not revolve around the sun, and that the ... ... middle of paper ... ...and end the human race. Each of these time periods has had a substantial affect on the history of the human race. It is impossible to successfully predict what would happen if these events had a different outcome or effect on the world around it. However, it is a known fact that the first period of change is The Scientific revolution, which changed the way people thought about the natural word around them. The next major change was the industrial revolution that changed the economy. The first real event that changed the world was how peace was handled after World War II. The most current significant event is the atomic age, which can erase all of man’s progress in a single event. Each of the flowing events are important to the course of mankind because they altered the zeitgeist, or spirit of the time, of the world. * Denotes Work Book **Denotes Source Book

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