A Change in the Way We Think

Hallie C

What was the change?

Starting in the mid-1500's, the Scientific Revolution was a major change in European thought. The study of the natural world was beginning to switch from accepting everything without experiment to careful observation. After discovering the new lands, Europeans realized there may be more to be found, and started moving beyond what the church told them. This process, helped by the invention of the printing press, was the beginning of what we call the Scientific Revolution. It began with new innovations in astronomy.
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Who were the people associated with this change?

Newton

Sir Isaac Newton proved that every other object on Earth attracts every other object. Additionally, he proved that the Earth itself is attracting us as well, pulling us down and creating a connection between all movement and matter. He called this his Universal Law of Gravitation.

Newtons Universal Law of Gravitation - Science in a Minute

How did the change impact society at the time?

The Scientific Revolution changed the relationships between citizens, political and church leaders, and thinkers. People learned that you can't always rely on what you hear, and it is far better to research and experiment for yourself. Since finding out that there is more to our world than just Europe, they also realized there is more to space than just the Sun.

How is that change evident in today's modern society?

In our time, the world still strives for knowledge. New experiments are being tested daily, and we are further into space than we have ever been before. However, the findings of current scientists would be limited had we not had our starting point- the scientists of the Scientific Revolution. They were the first to see that the moon is more that a shiny glowing orb, and that our planet isn't quite as big as we thought it was. Who knows where we'd be today? Also, the inventions we use are far fancier than those of the 15-1600's, but we still use thermometers and barometers and telescopes. This event in history has a lasting, and more important- continuing effect on modern day science.