|Just the Facts: Scientific Revolution: Part I|
Scholars from the University of California, Los Angeles, and California Lutheran University share their insights.
Europe experienced one of the most remarkable periods in history roughly between 1550 and 1700, when three of history's most important events were occurring simultaneously: the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution. The three closely connected movements had a profound impact on Western society, and the Scientific Revolution led eventually to the Industrial Revolution. Worldwide exploration, which preceded The Scientific Revolution by half a century, also contributed to the insatiable desire to know more about our world and the universe.
Part I of The Scientific Revolution explores how the movement grew out of the church-dominated period of The Middle Ages and how various complex forces gave rise to new scientific discovery. During The Middle Ages, society believed the classical teachings of Aristotle and Plato. The earth-centered solar system, as described by Ptolemy, was considered fact. The notion that our solar system was actually sun-centered and that the Earth and other planets moved about the sun, was considered heretical, and scholars who suggested it were executed for their beliefs.
This enlightening video follows a chronological journey through the Scientific Revolution, examining the contributions of the various pioneers of the period.
The program introduces the courageous pioneers of science who risked their lives to advance our understanding of nature. Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Andreas Vesalius, Tycho Brahe, Sir Francis Bacon, and Galileo Galilei are but a few of the brilliant minds who led the way. During this amazing period of history, advances were made in every area of science, including mathematics, physics, astronomy, medicine, botany, chemistry, and the methodology of research and documentation of scientific evidence.