Changing Opinions (01:12)
Free thinkers challenged religion, adopted Greek philosophy, and encouraged scientific innovations and democracy. This episode will examine the Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.
The Renaissance (03:49)
The Renaissance (1330-1550) witnessed a rebirth in optimism toward the human spirit and natural world, challenging religious tenets. Learn about the Medici Family, Leonardo da Vinci, and Brunelleschi. Clocks, the printing press, and glass making revolutionized societies.
The Scientific Revolution (05:17)
During the revolution (1540-1700), Nicholas Copernicus, Isaac Newton, and Galileo Galilei made significant contributions;Galilei was brought up on heresy charges. Scientists challenged the Aristotelian system and created the Scientific Method.
The Enlightenment (04:25)
During the Enlightenment (1650-1800), scientists began to apply laws of nature to human behavior. Central themes include: reason, nature, progress, liberty, and happiness. Learn about the contributions of John Lock and Voltaire— experts believe the Enlightenment ended with the advent of the French Revolution.
Credits: The Renaissance, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment: Civilizations and Ideas (00:05)
Credits: The Renaissance, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment: Civilizations and Ideas
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