What are the effects of the Scientific Revolution?

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The Scientific Revolution had a very big impact on the world. The movement placed an emphasis on theories of nature that could be proven empirically. The scientific method was established during this period as an emphasis was placed on what could be proven by the senses. The Scientific Revolution also changed the way people viewed the solar system and the universe. The work of Copernicus and Galileo removed the idea of the Earth being the center of the universe. This was contrary to both Catholic and Protestant teachings about God placing humans in the center of the universe. In general, the church lost credibility and power as a result of the new findings during the Scientific Revolution. It would not be a stretch to suggest that all scientific innovation that happened since the 1600's was a result of the Scientific Revolution.

Isaac Newton was also important in the understanding of the universe. He created physics and calculus and applied them to the understanding of the celestial bodies. He helped the world understand how gravity worked and its effect on the solar system. Newton's laws of motion are still taught in every high school physics class in the world.

Out of the Scientific Revolution sprung a new way of looking at politics. Philosophers started to apply science and reason to how governments should operate. This period is known as the Enlightenment and scholars like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau sparked revolutions around the world.

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