Scientific Revolution

By Jacob Allen Kula

What is the Scientific Revolution

In the twentieth century it became a common notion that modern science originated in a seventeenth-century "revolution" in thought precipitated by a new method for studying nature. In the later part of the twentieth century, a consensus developed among historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science that the emergence of modern science was more evolutionary than revolutionary. Furthermore, while modern science for 300 years claimed that its methods generated value-free, objective knowledge, the twentieth-century consensus was that, implicitly and explicitly, the practice of science incorporated moral, ethical, and social value judgments.

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