Essay on The Scientific Revolution By Steven Shapin

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“The Scientific Revolution” by Steven Shapin tries to shed light on the great changes that have molded the present-day modernity. Shapin being a sociologist and historian of science has written a number of books including Leviathan and the Air-Pump (1985), A Social History of Truth (1994), and The Scientific life (2008) among others. In this book, he tries to challenge the 20th century historiography that came up with the notion of the Scientific Revolution, while at the same time, the he recognizes the remarkable scientific work throughout the period.
From his viewpoint, the historical idea of the Scientific Revolution is wrongly portrayed. In fact, he sees the development of the modern scientific perspective as an evolutionary process where each event that has been habitually considered to be a modernizing principle was actually challenged by a number of 17th century practitioners with similar assertions of modernity. Shapin gives an account of the shifts in society and culture that occurred as a result of the religious beliefs, political commitments, and changing intellectual agendas. By doing this, he tries to present the evolving scientific orientation.
The book is divided into three sequential chapters. The first chapter deals with what people were familiar with about the natural world; the second chapter deals with how people acquired that knowledge; and the final chapter deals with how that knowledge was employed. Shapin mainly focuses his attention on the…

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