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Vocabulary Terms for the Scientific Revolution

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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