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The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightment showed Europe and the Americas a completely new way of looking at the world around them which caused people to change their views about the universe They entered the Enlightment in which philosophers applied reason to society and government developed ideas about basic human rights and proper government and began to consider democratic ideas and concepts of nationalism The Scientific Revolution changed the way that the Europeans looked at the world One way was by Copernicus heliocentric system which said that the sun was the center of the universe and all of the planets in the universe including the Earth revolved around the sun Not all agreed with Copernicus theory because it contradicted the teachings of Ptolemy and the Church If Ptolemys reasoning about the planets was wrong they believed that there would be a question overall on the whole system of human life Galileo Galilei proved Copernicus theory by using technology developed by a Dutch lens grinder to assemble an astronomical telescope With this telescope he became the first person to see the mountains on the moon and sunspots He also saw the four moons of Jupiter moving slowly around the planet - exactly the way Copernicus said that the earth moves around the sun The Church condemned him because his views challenged the Christian teachings In 1633 the Inquisition brought Galileo to trail they threatened him with death unless he withdrew his views he did so but Galileo muttered as he was leaving Nevertheless it still moves Isaac Newton was a student at Cambridge University in England by the age of 24 he had developed a theory to explain why the planets moved as they did In one story Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell from the tree He wondered whether the force that pulled the apple down to the earth was the same force that controls the movement of the planets In
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