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The Scientific Revolution: The Most Revolutionary of All Revolutions

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Arguments have been made regarding the Scientific Revolution being "the most

revolutionary of all revolutions". To be considered revolutionary something must have such a

degree of inventiveness and uniqueness as to cause a major change in something. The Scientific

Revolution was a revolution in that it transfigured the way an individual discerns the world. To

unearth whether the Scientific Revolution was the "most revolutionary" one must ask: did this

revolution bring about the most change? The change in the thought processes absolutely brought

the most innovation and widespread differences in individual's lives making the Scientific

Revolution the most revolutionary.

Herbert Butterfield, a British historian, prepared a series of lectures in 1948 which

became the beginnings of his book The Origins of Modern Science (Kreis). Butterfield wrote:

"The Scientific Revolution outshines everything since the rise of Christianity and reduces the

Renaissance and Reformation to the rank of mere episodes, mere internal displacements within

the system of medieval Christianity" (Kreis). The coming of the Scientific Revolution affected

the previous notion that a small sect of the privileged population should be solely exposed to

science. This had a extensive impact of society which became known as The Age of

Enlightenment (Duiker 378). The coming about of a scientific revolution meant advances in

mathematics and astronomy. Previously there had been no common form of communication to

spread information across the masses. With science a universal language was developed called

mathematics (Kreis). "The legacy of all this to the modern world -- to our world -- was the

scientific way of thinking -- it is a process of thought which is technical, mathematical, logical

and precise" (Kreis). Europe became an engine for rapid global change due to an altered European world view from metaphysical to material (Duiker 380). You should not cite every

sentence, your work needs to be in your own words, not the words of others.

Other revolutions had emerged throughout Europe and other countries subsequent to the



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