Skeptical and Natural Philosophy

The Scientific Revolution

When and how did the scientific revolution begin?

The scientific revolution began with Nicolaus Copernicus’ (1473–1543) heliocentric theory and the rediscovery of ancient Greek atomism in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. But it was not until the end of the seventeenth century, after Isaac Newton’s (1643–1727) work, that it was clear to educated people in Europe that a full-blown scientific revolution had occurred.


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