The Scientific Revolution

Judy Phan

What was the change?

The big change was, it changed everyone's view of earth and the way they think. The Scientific Revolution refers to historical changes in thought and belief to change in social organizations. Capernicus declared heliocentric Cosmos. Heliocantric is when the sun is in the center of all of the other planets. The Scientific Revolution ended with Isaac Newton, who proposed universal laws. The Universal law is the law of gravitation. It all started with Newton sitting under an apple tree, to an apple falling on his head, and suddenly he thought of the Universal Law of Gravitation. While he was observing the tree he started to think: The apple is accelerated, since its velocity changes from zero as it is hanging on the tree and moves towards the ground. By Newton's 2nd law, he thinks there must be a force on the apple to cause the acceleration. This force is called gravity. This theory led to the thought that the moon orbits around earth because the acceleration due to gravity.

Who were the people associated with the change?

How did the change impact society at the time?

It affected the religious beliefs of the church and the social ranking system that was used before the revolution. It also changed the perspective of many people. The people believed you can get rid of your sins by paying the church. They also believed that the Pope was always right and was telling them the right thing. Some people were excited about the discoveries while others were terrified of what they don't know, and questioned what else the Pope and church could be hiding. People soon started to question what the King, Pope, and church has been telling them.

This was a negative change for the king and government because as people start to learn more about the natural world, they fear the people might overthrow them. This was also a negative change for the church and Pope because the people became concerned about the false information they've been given and start to question everything.

How is that a change evidenced in today's modern society?

Bacon's method has helped make experiments form reliable. Cavendish and Maria Winkelmann have encouraged many women to contribute to the field of science. Newton and Boyle's law have helped to explain how our world and universe work. Descartes' work stressed the importance of his own mind and that only he could only be sure of his own Descartes' existence. The works of these men and women helped toward the development of technology, natural science today, and medical procedures are now more effective. "Scientists have also paved the way to the rise of democracy by advocating the rights of individuals" -Spielvogel