The Renaissance inspired a spirit of curiosity in many fields. Scholars began to question ideas that had been accepted for hundreds of years. During the Reformation, religious leaders challenged accepted ways of thinking about God and salvation. While the Reformation was taking place, another revolution in European thought was also occurring. It challenged how people viewed their place in the universe.
Describe the Scientific Revolution and its effects.
Pioneers of the scientific revolution
- Nicolaus Copernicus developed heliocentric theory.
- Johannes Kepler discovered planetary motion.
- Galileo Galilei used telescope to support heliocentric theory.
- Isaac Newton formulated law of gravity.
- William Harvey discovered circulation of the blood.
Importance of the scientific revolution
- Emphasis on reason and systematic observation of nature
- Formulation of the scientific method
- Expansion of scientific knowledge