As we have learned through Shapin’s novel, “there was no scientific revolution.” In that case, it seems my middle school education has failed me. Although Shapin denies the idea of the Scientific Revolution, he does not denounce the accomplishments of 16th and 17th century scientists, philosophers, and cultural influencers. The Renaissance was a time of challenged and motivated thinkers such as Galileo or Michelangelo. Although both of these men were invaluable to the progress of science as a whole, Shapin is under the belief that if the men of the Renaissance and the “Scientific Revolution” didn’t change the way we look at science, someone else would have done the road. In other words, the “science bubble” was waiting for someone to come and pop it and allow growth for the discipline as a whole.

The Scientific Revolution was a time that contended religious authority. Galileo was the first man to state that the earth was not the center of the universe. This went against Christian values at the time and that was something that no scientist had dared to do. He laid the ground work for other intellectuals to challenge scientific theories that were accepted as true. Galileo was able to prove things using science and technology. ┬áHe used mathematics and cutting-edge telescopes to prove his theory about the sun being the center of the universe. Regardless of how people viewed him and his theories he persisted in the name of science. It is men and women like him who challenged publicly received notions who lead to advancements in our society. David Nye spoke about his experiment with playing cards. He snuck a red spades card in the deck to see how people would react to such an anomaly–naturally people kind of ignored this. I think this relates to the idea of challenging science in general. People are content to let things be the way that they are because it takes an extraordinary man to challenge the status-quo. Extraordinary men and women lead to breakthroughs, we need more of them.