The commonly conceived Scientific Revolution was a period of time in which there were many innovators and creative thinkers working to question and unravel the mysteries of the universe that had previously been ignored or blindly accepted.

During this period, there were many new contributions to the fields of both science and technology. The revolution began with people finding research done by ancient people, such as ancient star maps or common household devices. These ancient technologies were the starting point for new innovations that would come about in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

One large idea during the Scientific Revolution was the idea of the science of motion. This concept was looked into in great detail by both Galileo and Copernicus. The science behind the universe outside of our planet was a major topic during the time. The orbital motion of the planets, as well as the sun and other stars was studied by many astronomers such as Ptolemy, Copernicus, Aristotle, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and Newton, as well as many others. All of these men made significant advances in the way we think about our solar system, even though many of their findings have been updated since.

The scientific method is another large idea that came about during the scientific revolution. Francis Bacon came up with this method to take data and analyze it efficiently and effectively. Along with this, people were very curious when it came to the causes of certain phenomena, and they used the scientific method as a means of performing research into these phenomena. A very popular area of study was mathematics, as a means of attempting to explain everyday situations.

The idea of mechanical philosophy was a large one around the time of these great thinkers. Mechanical philosophy suggests that nature has no intrinsic soul or purpose for doing things. Instead, it simply acts according in accordance to the world around it, similar to a machine. Medicine and human anatomy were fields that also had significant advancements. New tools such as the scalpel allowed scientists to see into the human body like never before. Human carcasses were now able to be carefully broken into and studied as a means of analyzing muscle connections, bones, and blood flow. All of these discoveries and findings would lead to better medicine and doctors in the future.

Shapin argues that there was no specific time denoting the “Scientific Revolution”. Instead, it is argued that scientific advances have been occurring the entire time, and while the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries may have had comparatively more advances than other time periods, this should not be considered a revolution. Overall, there were many advances during the commonly conceived Scientific Revolution, and these advances have laid the groundwork for common day scientific and technological ideas that are used in our everyday lives.