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What was the major political or economic impact of the Scientific Revolution?

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trialanderror | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM via web

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What was the major political or economic impact of the Scientific Revolution?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The Scientific Revolution that occurred during the Renaissance had major political and economic impacts in the long term.

In terms of economics, it led to more technology.  The search for scientific knowledge helped lead to more experimentation with things that would eventually end up being useful for practical purposes.  For example, we can argue that the printing press would not have been possible except for the spirit of experimentation that came along with this revolution.

Politically, the Scientific Revolution helped lead to the thought of the Enlightenment.  Enlightenment thinkers tried to apply science and rationality to thinking about human society and politics.  This led them, for example, to the idea that monarchy was an irrational form of government and that people ought to be able to govern themselves in more of a democratic form of government.

These impacts did not happen immediately, but they did come out of the Scientific Revolution.

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 1, 2015 at 5:02 PM (Answer #2)

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Scientific Revolution meant a period of great, important changes in science, philosophy and mathematics, literature, economy, politics. During this period of time, the role of church and religion was diminished, science taking the place of faith.

The new scientific methods replaced the human perception and observation alone and reasonable thinking replaced the superstitions and non-practical beliefs. New scientific fields of study such as astronomy, math, physics, came into universities' attention, while literature gained creativity and imagination.

The economic structure during Scientific Revolution was also changed and financial aid was meant to support the scientific development.

The following list emphasizes some important exponents of Scientific Revolution, such that: Galileo Galilei, who proved the inefficiency of Ptolemaic system, Johannes Kepler, who proved that the orbits of planets are elliptical, Isaac Newton, who proved the gravity, Rene Descartes, who replaced observation with deduction, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, who wrote Don Quixote, a great novel, where realism and idealism are brought together.

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