Scientific Revolution!

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Scientific Revolution!

  1. 1. The Scientific Revolution
  2. 2. What is a ‘revolution’? • According to the dictionary, a revolution is “a dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or in the people’s ideas about it”
  3. 3. Causes of the Scientific Revolution 1. When people traded around the world, they brought new ideas and new items back to Europe. 2. In the Middle Ages, universities started to study ancient science. 3. The Renaissance brought more interest in math and the human body. 4. Humanism made people believe that man can accomplish anything! 5. The Reformation made people less religious.
  4. 4. Nicolaus Copernicus • Before Copernicus, people believed in the ‘geocentric model’ of the universe. • After Copernicus, people learned about the ‘heliocentric model’. Look to the next slide for pictures of these models!
  5. 5. Galileo Galilei • Invented the telescope! • The telescope helped Galileo observe the planets and he decided that Copernicus was right – the sun is at the center of the universe! • The Catholic Church didn’t like Galileo’s ideas – it went against what they believed. • They put him under house arrest – he couldn’t leave!
  6. 6. Isaac Newton • Discovered the law of gravitation – gravity! • Gravity is the force that pulls us down to the Earth and keeps us from floating away! • In space, there is no gravity. • Newton also studied light, movement, and space.

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