January 22, 2014

Period 7

The Scientific Revolution: a Major Turning Point in History The Scientific Revolution is often thought of as the most widely influential era. It was a time of many intelligent minds in science, mathematics, chemistry, astronomy, and more. Our world today is still affected by the developments, inventions, and theories that came about during this revolution. Without many of these brilliant philosophers and technologies, society would not be as advanced today. The world was influenced immensely by new scientific and mathematical theories. There were major advances in math that led to what we know presently as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. In fact, Pythagoras, the developer of the Pythagorean Theorem, was a famous philosopher of the time. Using these new developed mathematical theories, scientists could easily prove their hypothesis with logical evidence. Theories such as the heliocentric and geocentric models were observed and eventually proven through the new mathematical equations. Technology skyrocketed during the Scientific Revolution. It became a quest for scientists and philosophers to better understand the natural world, and the human body. Telescopes and microscopes were invented, bringing on more discoveries and ideas. The chronometer was invented during this time, and it was extremely practical and helpful. It could calculate a ships’ position. This helped James Cook, a big name of the era, map the Australian Coast. Some other popular names were Nicolas Copernicus, Galileo, and Isaac Newton, whom defined the three laws of motion, most prominently the law of gravitation. Although this period of