In his book, The Scientific Revolution, Steven Shapin argues that “there was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution.” I disagree. I think there certainly was a scientific revolution however, it just was spread out over time versus being one particular event. The Scientific Revolution was a series of events that took place over the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. These events drastically moved us away from being a society completely governed by religion.

 

Scientists such as Isaac Newton, Galileo and Nicolaus Copernicus revolutionized our ways of thinking through empirical evidence that challenged the lens through which religion, specifically the Catholic Church, viewed the world. However, I think it is limiting to view the Scientific Revolution as a specific moment in time. As science and technology develop our ways of thinking and viewing the world continue to be challenged by new discoveries and improvements on what we already know.