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The Renaissance Renaissance To some scholars this is a term which describes the historic period between the late 14th century and the second half of the 16th century which was characterized by the rebirth of the cultural and artistic life To others this is a term which is misused to describe just one era in history a term which distinguishes one period too sharply from another Either point of view it is fact that many effects occurred that had a direct impact on modern society The Renaissance started in Florentine Italy and spread throughout all of Europe It is based solely on naturalism which in other words is the study of man and the universe without the use of metaphysics That man is the center and measure of all things During the Renaissance many advances were made in the math and science department Famous names such as Leonardo da Vinci Copernicus Tycho Brahe and Keplero just to name a few were all brilliant scientists and mathematicians who made major advances in their field of study New sciences such as astrology alchemy and natural magic helped to reject previous methods used In the astronomical field progress was made which opened the way for Galileo and heliocentrism As for mathematics the Italian algebraists were able to resolve third degree equations which the Greeks and Arabs had never managed to do and freed calculation from all purely dogmatic considerations Advances were also made in medicine at which were in a sense rebellion against the archaistic ideas of Galen and a rebirth in the study of anatomy and the importance of direct observation Another major change in the Renaissance was that life was not just all-positive growth The Renaissance was also a time of hardships which included the Black Death which concentrated the population by one third Labor became scarce industries contracted and the economy stagnated but agriculture
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