Ch 3: Major Developments & Historical Figures in Science

About This Chapter

Learn about the major developments in science and the important figures of the history of science by going through the lessons in this chapter. You can keep track of your progress by taking the self-assessment quizzes and the chapter exam.

Major Developments & Historical Figures in Science- Chapter Summary

The chapter includes critical lessons on the important historical foundations of the science field. Without these major developments and historical figures, science would be a much different field. The concepts you'll study in this chapter include:

  • Advances in science during the Middle Ages
  • Galileo's work, including steps in the early scientific method and his astronomical discoveries
  • Major innovations during the Enlightenment Period
  • Scientists behind the atomic theory
  • The work of Gregor Mendel and why he is known as the Father of Modern Genetics
  • Alfred Wegener and his theory of how the earth's structure has changed
  • Charles Darwin and the theory of natural selection
  • Achievements of Isaac Newton

In this chapter, you'll review science lessons designed by professional and knowledgeable instructors. Resources include videos, transcripts, timeline feature for the videos and self-assessment quizzes. When you study with us, you will have access to these lessons as often as you need them. This will allow you to fully reinforce your knowledge before moving forward.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Major Developments & Historical Figures in Science
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Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

1. Pre-Scientific Revolution: Logic, Reason & Scientific Experimentation

In this lesson, we explore the reasons behind the typical narrative surrounding the Middle Ages and the advances in reason and science made during this period.

Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

2. Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

This lesson explores the contributions of Galileo to modern science. It examines his early steps toward a scientific method, his work on falling bodies and, of course, his astronomical discoveries. Finally, the Church's reaction to these discoveries is explored.

Science During the Enlightenment Period: Innovations, Discoveries & Major Figures

3. Science During the Enlightenment Period: Innovations, Discoveries & Major Figures

In this lesson, we will learn about the Scientific Revolution that preceded the Enlightenment. We will highlight the major themes, innovations, discoveries, and figures associated with this revolution in science.

Atomic Theory: Definition, History & Timeline

4. Atomic Theory: Definition, History & Timeline

Imagine developing a concept without any physical evidence or laws to guide your theory! Early atomic theory relied solely on observation, hypothesis and experimentation. Let's visit some of the scientists and discoveries leading to what we know today.

Gregor Mendel & Genetics: Experiments, Laws & Discovery

5. Gregor Mendel & Genetics: Experiments, Laws & Discovery

Gregor Mendel is currently known as the Father of Modern Genetics. This lesson goes through a brief history of his life, workings as a scientist, and his findings.

Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift

6. Alfred Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift

People used to think that Earth was static, and that it never changed. Gradually, a body of evidence was gathered that made no sense in this model. Alfred Wegener, Geologic Supersleuth, laid the groundwork for a whole new theory for the large-scale changing nature of the earth.

Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

7. Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

In this lesson we explore the life and voyages of the 19th-century British naturalist Charles Darwin and his formulation of the theory of natural selection.

Facts about Isaac Newton: Laws, Discoveries & Contributions

8. Facts about Isaac Newton: Laws, Discoveries & Contributions

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist whose discoveries have led him to be considered one of the most important and influential scientists in history. This lesson will cover his achievements and discoveries.

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