The Scientific Revolution of the Early Modern Period was a significant era of discovery. New concepts such as heliocentrism and natural philosophy contributed to a society in which science dictated law. Contrary to Steven Shapin’s opposition to the significant event, the Scientific Revolution was a shift in thinking that altered the fundamentals of science, math, and philosophy.

Prior to the Scientific Revolution in the 17th Century, religion and the church governed political and social aspects of society. As science gained traction through empirical evidence and experimentation, significant thinkers such as Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei introduced ideas that challenged the catholic church, such as the three basic laws of natural motion. The Revolution put emphasis on experience and observation over authority: “Belief in miracles and superstition was replaced by reliance on reason and the idea that rational thinking would uncover a plan governing the universe” (The Scientific Revolution…). The authoritative nature of the church had been put aside and scientific reason had people question its ‘divine’ power.

The Scientific Revolution was not a specific point in time; moreover, it was a necessarily long span of time that lasted for two centuries. A lasting impact is evident within society today. Science is clearly emphasized in schooling and STEM continues to progress. While the thinkers of the Revolution directly challenged the findings of the church, their motivation allows religion and science to coexist today. The Scientific Revolution was a shit in the paradigm, and modern science inevitably has another revolution ahead.

Source: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment (1500–1780).

(Accessed Sept 19, 2018).