The Scientific Revolution




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T his lesson introduces you to the Scientific Revolution.
Today we take science for granted but in the Middle Ages people knew little about how the world worked. Religion was a central part of peoples lives and many believed that disasters such as the Plague were directly caused by God. The Church also banned dissection (cutting up the human body) stopping doctors learning much about the body. People were also very superstitious believing in such things as fate and witchcraft. People even believed that the King's touch could cure nasty diseases such as scrofula.
In the seventeenth century however things began to change. The Reformation weakened the power and influence of the Church and scientists and doctors started to go against Church teaching. At the same time some important technologies were invented including the microscope, telescope and printing press. Artists also became interested in making their paintings look real. Both these things helped the scientific revolution in the seventeenth century

Lesson Development

  1. Complete and print the starter activities (3 steps - cloze, matching and matching)
  2. Research the life and works of ONE of the following - Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, William Harvey, Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, Andreas Vesalius.
  3. Construct a PowerPoint presentation for your chosen topic
  4. Try the quiz on the Scientific Revolution


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