Did The Early Modern Period See a Scientific Revol

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The idea of a Scientific Revolution was first introduced by Sir Herbert Butterfield in 1948. He declared that the findings in the period 1550-1700 outshined ‘everything since the rise of Christianity’ and that the ‘elevation of the scientific revolution was the key event in creation of the modern world.’ This view on the Scientific Revolution however has been debated in recent times with historians such as Steven Shapin and Peter Harrison questioning if it is justified to call this period of change a scientific revolution. This essay will explore.... A revolution is defined as a ‘drastic and far reaching change in the way of thinking and behaving.’ This would therefore support the view that the early modern period did see a scientific revolution. In the Middle Ages all scientific and philosophical expression was monitored extensively by the church. The most common belief was that nature was kept going from moment to moment by miracles from God which ‘were always new and forever renewed.’ In the Renaissance period there was a new interest in the physical world. Many believed this was due to the recent geographical exploration (e.g. the discovery of America), people wanted to understand these worlds they were discovering. This in turn led to a rise in scientific discovery. However the Church still ardently preached the Aristoleian system and reinforced dependence on past authority. It can be argued that one of the most revolutionary changes of the Early Modern Period was the change of view on the universe. One of the main beliefs of the Aristolein system was the geocentric view. The geocentric view had been first suggested by Claudius Ptolemy, he believed the earth was the centre of the universe because from an observers view, it appeared as though that the earth never moved. The theory also claimed that the sun orbited around the earth. The Catholic Church
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