Essay on The Factors Involved in Scientific Revolutions

1363 Words Dec 9th, 2012 6 Pages
In the mid sixteenth century, the world took on a revolution of a new kind. Following centuries of religious and political unrest, countless wars, and the infamous Black Death, which ravaged through nearly one third of the European population, Nicolaus Copernicus set off the Scientific Revolution in 1543 with his publication of De revolutionibus orbium coelestium. However, this revolution would not be restricted to only the sciences, but it would forever change the global landscape in every aspect of life. Although, named the Scientific Revolution, this metamorphosis of thought was not restricted to chemistry but touched on nearly every intellectually based subject. This widespread change was the product of a series of unique influences. …show more content…
France demanded very high taxes from its people, including the Huguenots, and an anonymous drawing dating from 1671 exemplifies the magnificent architecture and display of wealth that the taille produced. The drawing depicts Louis XIV visiting the French Royal Academy, where he is surrounded by scientific tools and gadgets that signify the remarkable and growing intelligence of France. This is revealed as the growing field of science, and the discovery of the atom also allowed many to believe that humans possessed “an Infinite Wisdom and Power”(Doc. 8) that further supported belief in the Divine Right of Kings, that the French throne had been specifically chosen by god.

Another instrumental force was religion, which was led by clerical officials, and also played a significant role as it provided scientists of the revolution with an inspiration, that they were efficiently employing all the intellectual ability that God had blessed them with. The aforementioned Polish Priest and astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, is an epitome of an religiously inspired individual. In his 1543 book, On the revolution of the Heavenly Spheres, in a dedication to Pope Paul III he states, “the learned and unlearned alike may see that I shrink from no man’s criticism. It is to your Holiness rather than to anyone else that I have chosen to dedicate these studies of mine… Mathematics are for mathematicians, and they, if I be not wholly deceived, will hold that my labors contribute even to
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