While today we view the Scientific Revolution as a period of significant change in math, science, metaphysics, and other related fields of study, in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, these changes had no effect on daily life. The name “Scientific Revolution” suggests that it was a sudden eruption of discovery and new ways of thinking; however, the revolution actually spanned over the time between the end of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, thus making it a much more gradual change than the name implies. Due to its gradual nature, the revolution did not affect the average person, as it took time for the general population to adopt these radical ideas.

So why did society have such a hard time accepting the ideas conceived in the Scientific Revolution? Although there are several reasons for why this might be the case, one of the main reasons can be attributed to Aristotle and Aristotelian Cosmetology. He believed the universe was geocentric, and while we know today that this is incorrect, Aristotle was so respected as a scientist and philosopher that everyone assumed he was correct in his metaphysical perspective. So, when philosophers and scientists such as Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Galileo, and Kepler came along with ideas that challenged those of Aristotle, it was difficult to digest. Galileo was even severely punished for publishing ideas that went against the beliefs of the Church. While this seems extreme, it’s understandable that people didn’t want to drop everything they once knew to be “true” about the universe.

 

While it took time for everyone to get on board with the notion of a heliocentric universe, today we still believe in the scientific theories presented during the Scientific Revolution. Galileo’s inventions, such as the telescope, became the foundation for modern scientific technology. Newton’s laws of motion are still thought to be true. But the desire to learn and discover is potentially the greatest legacy of the Scientific Revolution. Before the revolution, society had acquiesced to the beliefs of Aristotle; but the Scientific Revolution challenged what we once thought was true, and today, we still demonstrate that desire to discover on a much greater scale. Although it was quite controversial in the time it occurred and did not influence the daily life of an average person living through it, the Scientific Revolution has proven to be one of the foundations of the modern perspective of innovation and discovery.