Dbq on Science Essay

647 Words Jan 5th, 2011 3 Pages
Jay Peters
AP European History

Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, scientists began to emerge with a new scientific worldview. They discerned new ways of experimentation and built off of scientists of the past. But these scientists were affected and pressured by different religious, social, and political factors.
As scientists, or natural philosophers, made new discoveries and theories they often dedicated them to the church, whether it was literal dedication or whether the finding supported the church. Even though they meant to support the church, many of those who did not understand the findings rejected them, but the fact that the common man could not always understand what an astronomer had investigated does
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Likewise, women were ridiculed for their efforts to be a part of the scientific world. Their efforts, in many cases, were foiled or never started for fear of being cast down. (Doc. 9) This bias against women kept many of them from pursuing this field. In many cases, men were also scared of how they would be accepted and were sheepish in standing up for what they had found to be true. They would often present their findings to their nobles or lords with the attitude of “change it if you don’t like what I have exposed.” (Doc. 5) The fear of being judged by the higher classes or the other sex held many scientists back, not allowing them to fulfill their potential.
The pressure that rained down on the scientists the most, however, was from the politicians. In many cases, new discoveries were ways for the state to gain glory in the eyes of the world. Many kings would depict themselves as being highly interested in the art and beauty of natural science by visiting academies and funding different experiments. (Doc. 10) Many kings would also finance the building of these academies for the glory of the State to prosper and flourish. Although many kings would support them for their own personal glory rather than for the glory of the State.(Doc. 11) And yet, in some cases, if a discovery was not to one’s liking, the politician would suppress the finding and count it as being invalid. (Doc. 7) Politicians pushed for discovery and experimentation, but it was often biased

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