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Ariana AvilaThursday, October 1The scientific revolution was indeed revolutionary because of the drastic changes inEuropeans approach to science and new technology. Lawrence M. Principe’sThe ScientificRevolutiontalks about how the scientific revolution came to be and who contributed to thosechanges. He states“The 16th and 17th centuries witnessed a special turn towards applyingscientific study and knowledge to address contemporaneous problems and needs.” Prior to thescientific revolution most people believed that God controlled everything. What happened indaily life and why things happened, was all by the power of God. Beliefs and education werecontrolled by the church. The wealthy, who were privileged with an education, studied Christianteachings and beliefs. Meanwhile the lower class were just taught that God played an importantrole in their everyday lives and to worship him. During the scientific revolution, people’sviewpoints changed. However, people were still active members and believers in the catholicchurch. The works of scholars like Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton paved the way for morerational thinkers to come. Also, the rise of humanism and the invention of the printing pressmade this era revolutionary.The idea of humanism emphasized the seeking of rational ways to solve problems.Scholars started conducting experiments and using logic to understand the world. Many arguedthat things should be proven and not just believed, which challenged many of the church’sbeliefs. “A scholar’s life in the 1500 was as much material as intellectual” (“What Was Worth

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