What is the most suitable question for an assignment regard to scientific revolution for baroque period?my lecturer ask us to think of a question and write about 1000 words regard to scientific...

What is the most suitable question for an assignment regard to scientific revolution for baroque period?

my lecturer ask us to think of a question and write about 1000 words regard to scientific revolution. I have no idea what to write , i afraid i can't reach 1k word

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You might consider writing about how the Scientific Revolution challenged traditional thought about science. Previously, all learning, including that of science was based on authority. Experimentation was considered dangerous, as it might lead one into error, error led to sin, and sin led to damnation. The only two authorities who were acceptable were the Bible and Aristotle. When Aristotle, supported by Claudius Ptolemy, said that the entire universe was geocentric, that was accepted as authority, and the church intervened if anyone questioned it. Copernicus only published his On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies from his deathbed. In his dedication to Pope Paul III, he commented that he anticipated detractors:

Perhaps there will be babblers who claim to be judges of astronomy although completely ignorant of the subject and, badly distorting some passages of Scripture to their purpose, will dare to find fault with my undertaking and censure it. I disregard them even to the extent of despising their criticism as unfounded. For it is not unknown that Lactantius, otherwise an illustrious writer but hardly an astronomer, speaks quite childishly about the earth's shape, when he mocks those who declared that the earth has the form of a globe. Hence scholars need not be surprised if any such person will likewise ridicule me.

Galileo discussed his finding sin The Starry Messenger:

Great indeed are the things which in this brief treatise I propose for observation and consideration by all students of nature. I say great, because of the excellence of the subject itself, the entirely unexpected and novel character of these things, and finally because of the instrument by means of which they have been revealed to our senses.

Yet because his ideas conflicted with the authority of the day--namely the church--he was forced to recant and remained under house arrest the remainder of his life.

So, you might consider the effect of the Scientific Revolution in challenging previously accepted authority. There should be ample material there for you to write about.

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