Case Study: The Scientific Revolution
B.Tech(CSE), IIIT Vadodara
Date : 12th March, 2018
There are infinite outcomes to every minor event in our lives, and each of those possible outcomes will have tremendous impact on the future. Of course, these laws are taken for granted by most of us, but in looking at them we could better understand the present with respect to our past. In this case the Scientific Revolution was the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment, which eventually led to the French Revolution and the American Revolution. The Scientific Revolution changed people's perception of the world around them and shattered the tied between science and religion.
The Scientific Revolution marked a period of monumental change …show more content…
The most important changes in science during the scientific revolution took place in astronomy, physics, chemistry, and biology. Until the mid-sixteenth century, most natural philosopher and scientists were known at the time accepted the views of the ancient Greek astronomer Claudius Ptolemy. Ptolemy’s calculations supported the cosmology of the Greek philosopher Aristotle. According to Ptolemy and Aristotle, the center of the universe was the Earth, around which the moon, the sun, and the other planets revolved . The Bible, also in a few passages referred to the motion of the sun, supported the authority of Aristotle and human observation seemed to confirm the motion of the sun. Aristotle stated that all heaveny bodies move in circles. But this belief made it hard to explain observed movements of planets like Mars and …show more content…
The Rennaissance was a major cause of the Scientific Revolution because it paved the way for people to ask important questions about ideas previously thought to be concrete. During this time, people began to look to science for proof of the way thimgs worked, rather than tho rely on the authority of the church. The Renaissance encouraged people to think about things in a way that is more conductive to science. It encouraged them to look for proof rather than relying on authority to decide what was truth (i.e. Church). The emergence of scientific thinking began around the time when Nicolaus Copernicus proposed the heliocentric(sun-centered) model of the universe. Untill that time, the geocentric(earth-centered) model was widely accepted and endorsed by the church. From that point on, the Scientific Revolution emerged, which prompted people to collect and analyze data to make new discoveries regarding the inner workings of the