The Scientific

Revolution

What was the Scientific Revolution?

The Scientific Revolution was when scientific thought changed in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. The Scientific Revolution started in the area of Astronomy, with things like the telescope aiding the research of astronomers. The geocentric theory most commonly accepted during this time stated that the Earth was a stationary sphere in the center of the universe with the Sun and moon as well as the other planets in orbit around them. This was a theory created by Ptolemy an esteemed Egyptian astronomer. This was widely accepted by everyone until Galileo came along. He challenged the theory with his own research which, in his search for truth challenged the teachings of the sacred and most common religion of the Catholic Church. His research became the heliocentric theory a theory which states that the sun is the center of the universe with all other planets revolving around it. Before Galileo there was Nicolaus Copernicus a Polish astronomer whose research greatly advantaged Galileo's. Astronomy however was not the only branch of science touched, Sir Isaac Newton proved that with his laws of motion.

Some Important Scientists

How the Change Impacted Their Society

Though the changes made during the time of such esteemed scientists were positive they had some very negative results. During this time it was very unpopular to challenge the ideas of well respected scientists. Most of the scientists aforementioned were famous after their deaths. However this does not change the fact that these scientists were geniuses, and their lives work speaks for itself. Though the theories made by Galileo and Copernicus were accurate, a blind eye cannot see the light and in this time period if enough people thought it was true then to them it must have been true. People of this time were small minded, ignorant, and gullible yet stubborn once they believed something. In short, people of the Renaissance liked what was popular and being a fledgling scientists was not.

Some Inventions During the Scientific Revolution

The Renaissance

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How is the Change integrated in Modern Society

The scientific revolution gave way to many complex and useful inventions and theories. The geocentric theory of this time period told of the placement of the planets which lead to the eventual space travels of today's time. If those scientists and astronomers hadn't challenged the ideas of their fellow scientists it is likely that the space travels aforementioned would have failed in and of the identification of said planets. the scientific method created around the time was and still is the basis of all scientific thought starting with the problem or question and progressing onward. Telescopes created around this time were improved and modified over time to fit the purposes of astronomers or even the everyday consumer so that using a telescope is easy. The advancements that were new in their day are now older yet respected models or bases to build on in the ares of medicine, astronomy, inventing, literature, math, and social studies. Newton's laws of motion and Galileo's heliocentric theory are a few of the scientific discoveries still used today. Though some things of this time period are no longer in use such as Ptolemy's theory (disproved by Copernicus' research), and Aristotle's placement of the planets, some things such as the barometer, and the printing press are still in use (though undoubtedly more complex and advanced by technology).