Scientific Revolution

written by: Serena Whitlock

What was the change?

Beginning in the mid-1500s, a few scholars published works that challenged the ideas of the ancient thinkers and the church. As these scholars replaced old assumptions with new theories, they launched a change in European thought that historians call the Scientific Revolution. It was a new way of thinking about the natural world. During the Renaissance, European explores traveled to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Such lands were inhabited by peoples and animals previously unknown in Europe. These discoveries opened Europeans to the possibility that there were new truths to be found.The invention of the printing press during this period helped spread challenging ideas, both old and new more widely among Europe's thinkers.

Who were the people associated with the change?

How did the change impact the society at the time?

Scholars, generally relied on ancient authorities, church teachings, common sense, and reasoning to explain the physical world.

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

In time, scholars began to use observation, experimenation, and scientific reasoning to gather knowledge and draw conclusions about the physical world.