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The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century probably did more to shape life in the modern industrialized world than any event in history There were many events that led to the industrial revolution in Europe For starters people in general were becoming more and more disenchanted with corruption in the Church Due to advances in printing more people were learning to read This allowed them to read the Bible for themselves and begin to question the Church Protestant religions began to develop in which it was permissible to make money rather than donate it all to charity This change in thought gave people the opportunity to question nature and retain their spirituality and place with God The focus of this discussion is not the role of the decline in the Church in the Industrial Revolution but the importance of science However it is important to realize that this change in belief systems played a role in allowing people to study science Science provided a way for intellectual people to study nature and the interactions of the different forces such as magnetism and gravity that affect the world in which we live Discoveries made through science can later be used to help man in his everyday life Even today scientists study natural phenomena in the hope of discovering something new that will prove useful to man In the early days of science many of the studies were done to prove or disprove the teachings of the Church which included having the Earth as the center of the universe and the idea of creationism An excellent example of how science helped lead to the Industrial Revolution can be seen in development of the steam engine For our purposes here we will assume the development of the steam engine started with Galileo in the 17th century Galileo introduced a theory of atoms Although he never actually said the word atom he described it in great detail The Church
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