Does the advent of technology through the spread of computer usage constitute a scientific revolution? 

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When we use the term "scientific revolution" we may be referring to a period of change similar to what occurred during the original scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. During this time, the diverse fields of science, comprising everything from anatomy to astronomy, experienced developments that challenged every paradigm accepted at the time. 

This being said, the advent of technology through the ubiquitous spread of computers could be considered a scientific revolution in that its development has not limited itself to the mere storing and sharing of information.

Instead, computer usage has branched out through applications, games, and other resources that have helped the quality of goods and services in fields such as medicine, sports, education, entertainment and social media. This, in turn, has improved and enhanced communication to the point of making it available and accessible from just about anywhere.  

Hence, we could consider the advent of technology through the spread of computer usage a scientific revolution because the developments that we have experienced in the field of technology have spread out to other fields, making them more beneficial to the entire community as a whole. 


wordprof eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The real scientific revolution is the binary system.  Along with the silicon chip and satellite communication, these certainly constitute a scientific revolution, on the same level as fossil fuel, internal combustion engine, and electricity.  The major difference is how quickly these technologies spawned social changes; the Copernican revolution took at least a century to gain momentum; the assembly line, the cotton gin, the automatic loom, etc. were all manifestations of a scientific revolution, but the revolution was decades long in coming; the present binary--silicon chip--computer--satellite revolution was almost instantaneous.  Another revolution looming in the near-future is the exploration of space.

kerifoconnor | Student

That's odd, did my question change? I don't think that how i worded it.

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