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. The philosophies of the Enlightenment developed the scientific revolution, which rectified the views of scientific thought, and established a basis for modern science.

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The scientific discoveries of the 16th - 17th centuries brought upon a fundamental change in the ways Europeans viewed the natural world. The scientific revolution was a period when new ideas in all areas of science led to the rejection of previous statements that had prevailed from Ancient Greece through the Middle Ages. In the middle ages, the main purpose of science was that it offered a possibility of a better understanding of the working's of God. People in the middle ages, followed the teaching of Ptolemy. The Ptolemaic system put the earth in the center of everything, as ...

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