The Impact of the Scientific Revolution
Science began soon after the Birth of Civilization. Man had already learned to tame animals and grow plants. To shape materials like clay and metals to his purposes and even to heal his bodily ailments. We do not know why he did these things because his magic and reasoning are concealed. Only with the second millennium B.C have we learned that there were three elements in man’s attitude to nature, which impacted the growth of the scientific revolution: empirical practice, magic and rational thinking. These same three elements continued to exist in science for many thousand years, until the scientific revolution took place in the 16th through the 18th centuries. Reason, in conjunction with observation and experiment, slowly robbed magic of its power, and was better able to anticipate and absorb the chance discoveries of inventors.
The Scientific Revolution was the new era of scientific beliefs. There is a misconception of the term revolution because revolution means that it was a rapid process. The scientific revolution however was not a rapid process and involved several scientists throughout a wide array of time. Since 1800, one of accomplishment. The history of the scientific revolution was concluded by the early years of the nineteenth century. The Italian Renaissance began in the early 1500’s. Scholars, mathematicians, physicians everywhere measured their own attainments by Italian standards; The Italian universities, and the Italian printing house. During the 1500’s, people believed that science and thought were important but once they studied this concept. They never discussed it again. By the 1600’s and 1700’s, secure thoughts of science and religion became contradictory. Scie…
…s was a rapid process. The scientific revolution however was not a rapid process and involved several scientists throughout a wide array of time. Three of the most important scientists of this era were Tycho Brahe, Galileo, and Isaac Newton. Discoveries in space, computer technology and medicine have reached incredible heights. People are living much longer with a better quality of life because of transplants and operations with laser technology. DNA research has greatly advanced and is used in many facets of biology and crime prevention.
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