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Have you ever sat down and just gazed at the stars wondering how everything began Have you ever attempted to imagine how everything from the universe to the human body works These common yet profound questions are what began the time period known as the Scientific Revolution The thing that was so revolutionary about this Scientific Revolution was that the worldview was changed permanently People no longer depended on the churchs beliefs for answers in science and people began to understand that progress learning and sciences were ongoing The Scientific Revolution was the primary cause of the intellectual change known as the Enlightenment The enlightening aspect of the Enlightenment was that facts were no longer accepted by faith rather everything was proved by a rational scientific way of thinking Everything from religion to politics were being criticized and questioned by Enlightenment thinkers During the Scientific Revolution numerous scientists made important contributions to the field of astronomy Among these scientists are Galileo Galilei Nicholas Copernicus and Marie Winkelmann Copernicus is credited for his heliocentric beliefs in which the sun was the center of the universe which was the most important contribution of the Scientific Revolution It sparked the ideas of other scientists and was the beginning of the questioning of how the church portrayed the universe Galileo made further observations with his improvement of the telescope He proved that the universe was not made up of material substances similar to that of earth With the ideas of Copernicus and Galileo people began to disregard the churchs geocentric beliefs The church began to attack the ideas of Copernicus and Galileo because it questioned the churchs whole interpretation of the universe After years of battling with the churches Galileo became too old to fight and gave in declaring that all his beliefs were false Another prominent astronomer was Marie Winkelmann Winkelmann was educated by her father and uncle and obtained teachings from a nearby astronomer In marrying Gottfried
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