Dr. John Hepp
June 10, 2016
Sir Isaac Newton and his Involvement in the Scientific Revolution Sir Isaac Newton, a renowned scientist known for a multitude of discoveries and inventions, was a critical factor in the Scientific Revolution. Sir Isaac Newton may not have made his contributions to the scientific revolution “from scratch,” he instead used prior discovered knowledge and made his own improved hypotheses which he later proved through experimentation. The first of Sir Isaac Newton’s contributions to the scientific revolution was applying the laws of gravitational force discovered previously by Galileo to our solar system. Newton’s improvement of Galileo’s law of gravitational force is denoted the title of …show more content…
Sir Isaac Newton recorded all of his scientific discoveries within arguably one of the greatest scientific creations of all time, his “Philosphia Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (also known as “Principia”). As a result of Sir Isaac Newton’s discoveries and advancements within the Scientific Revolution, it is in no question why he is considered to be the most intelligent person who has ever walked the earth. First Source (Book)
1.) WESTFALL, RICHARD S. "Newton and the Scientific Revolution." In Newton's Dream, edited by STAYER MARCIA SWEET and CASTEL BORIS, 4-18. McGill-Queen's University Press, 1988.
“Newton and the Scientific Revolution” written by Richard Westfall gives an excellent overview of Sir Isaac Newton’s (along with other contributors) contributions and improvements in science during the time of the Scientific Revolution. Richard Westfall displays his appreciation of Newton’s contributions …show more content…
Bernard Cohen gave an interesting example of a significant historical event that was aided by Newton’s contributions during the scientific Revolution. The example given was the creation of the constitution and how a bicameral system (Senate and House of Representatives) was formed by John Adams. John Adams used the idea of Newton’s third law of motion by stating that each action must have an equal and opposite reaction. Although this example might not be science-based, it portrays the significance of Sir Isaac Newton’s achievements and how they can be used in almost every way of life. Sir Isaac Newton was also an inventor has he used a prism to bend light, creating the first ever “optic” object. Along with his invention, Cohen also states that Newton gave an explanation of how light reflected is what the human eye observes, which is stated within Newton’s written work, “Philosophical Transaction.” One of the many scientific laws that Newton discovered was that if distance is doubled, the force is one quarter of the original strength rather than one half. Another scientific law discovered by Sir Isaac Newton was the effect of gravitational force on the universe as a whole including its effect on earth as an individual