Ch 18: The Scientific Revolution

About This Chapter

Learn about the events and leaders of the Scientific Revolution through fun and engaging video lessons. Use the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your understanding of the material.

The Scientific Revolution - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The Scientific Revolution was a transformational period in world history, when major breakthroughs in science and medicine occurred and well-known figures like Isaac Newton and Galileo made their mark. Learn about their roles in the Scientific Revolution and the lasting effects it had on the world in this chapter. When you've watched all the video lessons, you'll be familiar with:

  • Tyco Brahe's contributions
  • Galileo and the telescope
  • Kepler's role in the revolution
  • Bacon and Descarte's scientific method

Video Objectives
The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders Get an overview of the leaders of the Scientific Revolution and find out what led to it.
Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples, Lesson & Quiz Discuss ideas introduced by scientists in the fields of medicine and chemistry.
Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe Explore theories introduced by Brahe and Copernicus and their influence on the field of astronomy.
Galileo, the Telescope & The Church Depict Galileo's contributions to science, including his use of the scientific method and telescope. Describe the church's reaction to his work.
Isaac Newton's Role in the Scientific Revolution Learn more about the work of Isaac Newton during the Scientific Revolution.
Kepler's Role in the Scientific Revolution Detail the contributions made by Johannes Kepler in the Revolution.
Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method Assess Bacon's and Descartes' contributions to the Scientific Revolution and use of the scientific method.
Effects of the Scientific Revolution Describe the effects on society that emerged from the Scientific Revolution. Explain how those changes remain relevant today.

8 Lessons in Chapter 18: The Scientific Revolution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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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