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An Infinity Of Questions

The more we endeavour with science, the more we realise we do not know

An Infinity Of Questions
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An Infinity Of Questions
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2016-10-28T16:04:23+05:30

In May 1543, as the Polish polymath Nicolaus Copernicus lay on his deathbed, he was presented with the printed version of his magnum opus De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium. With this work, Copernicus managed to not just overturn the centuries-old dogma regarding the structure of the cosmos, but also relegated human beings from the centre of the Universe to an insignificant corner. The beginning of what is called the scientific revolution can also be dated to the publication of this important work, which proposed a heliocentric instead of a geocentric world.

The scientific revolution is when we take science as we now know it to begin. Bacon, Gilbert, Galileo, Harvey, Boyle, Hooke and Newton were amongst the pioneers of this new approach, which placed experimentation and mathematical formulation at its heart while also adopting a mechanistic view of nature. Institutions like the Royal Society and the French Academy of Sciences also played an important role, especially during the Enlightenment, which followed this period.

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