Defining Even in History Essay

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Ross Tucker 9/17/12 Defining event in history. Words:1536 What was the defining event in scientific history you ask? Well how about a revolution, a scientific revolution. The scientific revolution is a series of events that changed science forever. The most important event was the publication of a book written by Copernicus called “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies” in 1543. This marked the beginning of the revolution and it sparked many major events in our history. This event was very significant not only to the history of science but also to our society and culture as we know it. Of all the changes that swept over Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the most widely influential was a transformation that we call the "scientific revolution." When most people think of this “revolution” we associate it with natural science and technological change, but the scientific revolution was actually much better, it was a series of changes in the structure of European thought it self. These changes greatly changed the human experience of every other aspect of life. Before the Scientific Revolution, the Bible or Greek philosophers such as Aristotle whose ideas came from the church, answered many questions regarding the natural world. In the bible it writes, "Mankind is the most important of God's creations and occupies the center of his universe." So astronomers said that the earth is at the center of the universe. The moon, the stars, and the sun would all move around the earth. Nicholas Copernicus, who does indeed in this book make sure the readers know that he is a Christian he says 1. “The massive bulk of the earth does indeed shrink to insignificance in comparison with the size of the heavens” believed that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the universe. He believed it because mathematics didn’t fit in anywhere with the biblical

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