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Early Modern Europe and the Scientific Revolution

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Early Modern Europe The Enlightenment was the product of a vast set of cultural and intellectual changes in Europe during the 1500s and 1600s, changes that in turn produced the social values that allowed the Enlightenment to sweep through Europe in the late 1600s and 1700s. Of all the changes that swept over Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the most widely influential was a philosophical transformation, the Scientific Revolution. During the Scientific Revolution, European thinkers tore down the flawed set of scientific beliefs established by ancient thought. To replace this false knowledge, scientists tried to discover the true laws in effect over the things they observed in nature. ...read more.


Nicholas Copernicus came up with the heliocentric system that proposed that the moon revolved around the Earth, and that the earth and other planets orbited around the sun. This was a major contribution to the Scientific Revolution because it contradicted what all of Europe believed, and it was against the Christian church. Another major scientific change was the development of the laws of physics, and the work of Isaac Newton. Isaac Newton contradicted Aristotles original laws of physics, and developed the three laws of physics, which have significant mathematical and physical interpretations that are needed to understand the motion of objects in our universe. ...read more.


The Catholic Church also tried not to change. They often ruled using intimidation, fear, and false knowledge and was violently intolerant toward dissenters and heretics. They completely rejected all of the new philosophies, and didnt make any drastic changes throughout the revolution. The Enlightenment promoted the ideas of the Scientific Revolution, which completely changed scientific thought. The science of the Scientific Revolution was significant in establishing a base for modern science. The Scientific Revolution resulted in some of the most important fundamentals of science that we use to this day. Isaac Newton was one of the great minds that resulted in this era, and he contributed the three laws of physics, and the laws of gravity. These are greatly used today, and are the basis for many new sciences. These were all results of the high thinking throughout the Enlightenment. ...read more.

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