Myth Of The Scientific Revolution

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The Scientific Revolution

The period between 1500 CE and 1700 CE in Europe cannot be accurately defined as the single scientific revolution in scientific thought, or the most important revolution in scientific thought. While there were many new discoveries and new concepts, the paradigm shift did not occur until the late 1800’s at the latest. The multiple discoveries during this time period are both ground breaking and incredible. They introduced new paradigms in multiple disciplines and increased he communication and connections between all of science.
The biggest part of the myth of The Scientific Revolution is the timing of events and the effect the mind blowing discoveries made back then had on the communities around them. As historians
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Thomas Kuhn explains that a scientific revolution occurs when a paradigm of science, or a way of seeing the world shifts completely in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. When one way of thinking becomes more logical or fits a situation/explains more of natural phenomena that way of thinking is adopted. As defined by Kuhn, this era of time saw no revolution. This period saw the seeds of many different scientific revolutions that would occur, but no official shift of views happened specifically during this time. This period is often mislabeled, but that does not necessarily diminish its significance within the scientific …show more content…
During this period of time many of the men of science realized the most important part of science is the relaying of their results. Many of the ancient societies developed a lot of data and theories to explain the natural phenomena around them, and made several discoveries that have helped us in the modern age. They are often not credited with these discoveries because their data was kept within their small communities. Their discoveries were remade or reclaimed by other scientists. If this knowledge would’ve been shared earlier, a globalization of scientific knowledge could have been established more quickly. This globalization occurred starting in the 1500’s. Journals such as the Philosophical Transactions from the royal society were published throughout the year, encouraging scientific collaboration and the spreading of information among the scientific community. Not only did these journals feature many new discoveries or observations made by new scientist; they had responses to most articles written by other scientists. Most of the articles were about explaining natural conditions of the human body, or other phenomena that occurred within nature. No longer was it standard for scientists to keep their discoveries to themselves, they were meant to be shared. This sharing of ideas across disciplines of knowledge created the

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