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Science and The Age of the Enlightenment There were many people involved in the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment Most of these people were fine scholars It all started out with Copernicus and his book called On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres This book marked the beginning of modern astrology The current dispute at times echoes the tensions that existed in the sixteenth century between believers in the Copernican theory of the universe and the Ptolemaic established order which preached that the earth was the center of the galaxy His theory was anathema to the church and a threat to the established way of thinking about the world and the people in it Skeptical thinkers such as Galileo and Kepler produced treatises that helped build a case for an alternative way of viewing the solar system It was a gradual shift in professional allegiances in educational evaluation No promises can be made for the power of a new paradigm offers a new set of explanations of our educational system Descartes contemporary the English philosopher Francis Bacon took a somewhat stronger line concerning how conclusions should be reached Bacon rejected deducing knowledge from self-evident principles and instead argued that only through observation and repeatable experiments could theories be built Bacon thus relied on proofs that could be demonstrated physically not through deductive logic He believed that the pursuit of scientific knowledge would enrich human life immeasurably Galileos lunar
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