Scientific Revolution

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What started the need for a revolution. Who impacted it. When did it arise.

Scientific Revolution

While there is no exact date or occurrence that originated the scientific revolution and it could even be traced back to the European re-discovery of Aristotle, the revolution's most productive years were created by popularization of science, skepticism of religion, growth and travel or literature, and important works and discoveries from names including Newton and Locke. Numerous factors and conditions of Europe contributed to the need for a revolution during its most achieving years. Poor medicine, Absolutism, Religious explanation of human origins were just a few to help assist in the driving force for a revolution.

Many important figures during the Scientific era played important roles with the ideology of various European societies. English Philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) began using inductive reasoning in scientific methods and created a new standard for accuracy in science.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650) made many advances in optics and merged methods of science and math to philosophy. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) and his interest in math and physics created a huge impact during this era. One of the inventors of calculus, Newton helped define gravity, develop laws of motion and gave the world a "Newtonian" view on science.

Major changes were brought to Europe during the revolution much to the credit of Figures such as Bacon, Descartes, and Newton. Discoveries in medicine created more sanitary medical conditions. Dissections and experiments created a broad understanding of human anatomy (Vesalius, Harvey). Questions involving physics could be justified with new mathematical reasoning (Newton, Bacon, Descartes). Interest in advancements led to growth and travel of literature. Physical justifications backed up by science created skepticism concerning religion. Scientific revolution led to more education and the eventual Enlightenment of Europe.

With many new advances in sciences...