The Invention Of The Printing Press

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You can 't stop people from printing what they want to print. -Alan Sugar The Printing Press, a 15th century invention, allowed scholars to print and distribute their work throughout Europe. Church authority denounced the spread of scientific ideas encouraged by the invention of the printing press. They banned scientific works, like Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, as academics published their research. Roman Catholic Church authority advocated for biblical ideas, which opposed scientific studies like the heliocentric theory and the study of kinetics. Ecclesiastical doctrine contested the heliocentric theory, Galileo’s research, and Newton’s laws of motion, demonstrating the incompatibility between scientific studies and theology. Copernicus challenged the Roman Catholic Church with his Heliocentric Theory. In his book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium Libri VI, he explained his theory: the hypothesis that planets revolved around the sun rather than the Earth (Williams, L.Pearce). His proposition contradicted Bartolomeu Velho’s geocentric theory, a view more compatible with church doctrine, suggesting that all motion centered around Earth (Velho Bartolomeu). The Bible established that “[God] set the earth on its foundation,” therefore “[Earth] can never be moved” (Psalm 104:5). By claiming that Earth remains stationary rather than revolving around the sun, the Church sided with Bartolomeu Velho. In contrast, Copernicus questioned the Church, asking why “we [do] not admit, with

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