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ScientificRevolution

Vocabulary Terms for the Scientific Revolution

TermDefinition
Geocentric Theory Scientific theory that has the earth as the center of the universe with the sun and stars revolving around it
Scientific Revolution A transformation in European thought in the 1500s and 1600s that called for scientific observation, experimentation, and questioning of traditional opinions
Scientific Method A method of inquiry that promotes observing, measuring, explaining, and verifying as a way to gain scientific knowledge
René Descartes French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist; his belief that all things should be doubted until they could be proved by reason became one of the cornerstones of the scientific method
Nicolaus Copernicus Polish astronomer; he proposed the heliocentric, or sun-centered, theory of the universe
Heliocentric Theory A scientific theory that has the sun at the center of the universe with the earth rotating around the sun
Galileo Galilei Italian astronomer, mathematician, and physicist; he discovered the law of motion of falling objects and invented the first working telescope; his discoveries put him in conflict with the Roman Catholic Church
Isaac Newton English mathematician and natural philosopher; he discovered the law of gravity as well as laws on the physics of objects
Francis Bacon English writer; believed that by better understanding the world, scientists would improve people’s lives
Johannes Kepler German mathematician and astronomer, Assistant to Tycho Brahe; formulated 3 laws of planetary motion
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