What Were the Causes and Consequences of the Scientific Revolution and How Did It Change the World from 1500 - 1800?

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The Scientific Revolution was an important time in history, but it was by no means sudden. The catalyst of the Revolution were a while in the making with writings and philosophies from Ancient Greece and Rome inspiring people and was a long process of gradual of upheaval, up until the Enlightenment. This essay will examine the various, but not inexhaustible, causes that may have contributed to the Scientific Revolution; the teaching and philosophies of Aristotle, Ptolemy and Descartes, The Renaissance, Humanism, the decay of the Catholic Church, the influential theories of Copernicus and Kepler followed by the idea of Scientism. To finish, the essay will discuss some of the consequences brought about by the Scientific Revolution; the …show more content…
The teachings of the scientists of the time inspired a new cult to emerge that believed in the scientific method of proving the physical world. This was, in my opinion, the final catalyst in the formation of the Scientific Revolution. Scientism was “The belief that science and the scientific method can explain everything in the universe and that no other form on inquiry is valid.”
The causes outlined and discussed above are by no means exhaustive and definite. They were, however, important to the birth of the Scientific Revolution.
Secondly, the consequences of the Scientific Revolution were not felt immediately, nor were they felt by the society as a whole. The Revolution, in its early stages, affected only the class of gentleman that could either afford to learn about the sciences or the upper-class noblemen. The common, and majority, of the people did not feel the full effect of the Revolution until much later. Martin Luther instigated the Protestant Revolution, which was felt through all classes and pay-scales of Europeans. The Protestant’s break from the Catholic Church in the 1500’s created an even bigger vacuum that was quickly and eagerly filled with more scientific reformers. This continued to gradually erode at the physical Catholic Church. With its doctrine of “absolute faith” in jeopardy, the church reacted against the Protestants and the Revolution.
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