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Ch 26: Major Figures & Events of the Scientific Revolution

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Brush up on your understanding of the birth of modern science during the 16th and 17th centuries and the leaders of this new way of thinking. Use our lessons and quizzes to learn about their breakthrough ideas and the impact of the Scientific Revolution.

Major Figures & Events of the Scientific Revolution - Chapter Summary

Watch the lessons in this chapter to develop your understanding of the causes, history and leaders of the Scientific Revolution. Learn about the new ideas in medicine and chemistry, and explore their theories and observations about the universe. Look at conflicts between science and the church, and examine the impact of the scientific revolution. After you've completed this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Describe history, leaders and causes of the Scientific Revolution
  • Give examples of new ideas in chemistry and medicine
  • Explain the work of Tycho Brahe and Copernicus
  • Analyze the clash between Galileo and the Catholic Church
  • Show Isaac Newton's contribution to the Scientific Revolution
  • List some of Johannes Kepler's teachings
  • Explain the work of Francis Bacon and Rene Descartes
  • Describe the impact of the Scientific Revolution

Watch these lessons as your schedule permits, on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Each video has a timeline with clickable links to take you right to key topics and terms you wish to review. After you've finished the lesson, assess your learning with a short multiple-choice quiz.

8 Lessons in Chapter 26: Major Figures & Events of the Scientific Revolution
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The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

1. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

2. Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

In this lesson, we explore the medical and chemical breakthroughs which occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries as part of the era's increased emphasis on empiricism and the concurring Scientific Revolution.

Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

3. Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

Astronomy according to Ptolemy was the popular theory until Copernicus turned it on its head. This lesson explores the theories of Copernicus and Brahe and how the two changed astronomical study.

Galileo, the Telescope & the Church

4. 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.

Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution

5. Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Isaac Newton played in the Scientific Revolution. We will explore his major contributions to science, and see why he is one of the most important scientists to have ever lived.

Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

6. Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we will learn about the role Johannes Kepler played in the Scientific Revolution. We will identify his major contributions and learn why he was important.

Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method

7. Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method

In this lesson, we will learn about the scientific method. We will look at how men like Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon, and René Descartes helped develop the Scientific Method we know today.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

8. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

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