March 5 2012
Comparisons of the Natural World
Up until the 17th Century, an understanding of the natural world and how it operates was very limited and the general consensus was that there was God, and all things were created by him in a hierarchical order that sustained the balance of man. Although these Gods varied between ethnicities and religions, the general idea of a creator is consistent. However, with the extent of experiences and experimentation of Galileo, Bacon and Newton, the world was able to explore a new realm of reality in scientific discovery and analysis. Although the works of Galileo, Bacon and Newton can be compared with each other in regard to the idea of experimentation and observation, their contrasting views and fields of science are what separated them from each other. This same method of constant experimentation would be adopted and incorporated by others who were dedicated to this new found field of science, and as will be seen in this paper, this same method used by Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton. Although their methods and ideologies varied, their methods and objectives remained consistent, to use scientific evidence to better understand and relate to the physical world. Thorough the field of astronomy, Galileo strived to identify the plethora of myths, and tales that had shrouded the minds of many up until the 17th Century. In order to accomplish this, Galileo would have to construct and further develop an instrument that would enable him to closely observe the diverse elements of the night sky. It was Galileo that took the an earlier inventor’s idea of the spyglass and innovated it in order to view objects that were of great distance appear closer and therefore enable him to accurately observe them. In his publication The Starry Messenger, Galileo describes the spyglass and the modifications that he made to it. This development of the spyglass is more evidence that science had developed...
Cited: Burton, Stacy, and Dennis L. Dworkin. Trials of Modernity: Europe in the World. Boston, MA: Pearson, 2007. Print.
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