The Scientific Revolution

Regarding the stories that have a "Find out more" tab:;xNLx;For each story that has the tab, the link embedded is the source of the information in that story. ;xNLx;If a story does not have the tab, the information is from "The Scientific Revolution" class at Vanderbilt University taught by Ole Molvig.


"A self-described student of geometry, atomism, and optics, Thomas Hobbes published his classic work on political theory, 'The Leviathan', which seems to have reflected notions evident in his study of natural phenomena, most notably mechanistic concepts relating to physiology and sensation."

Christopher Columbus

Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola disagrees with practical magic, especially astrology.

The London College of Physicians

The London College of Physicians is started as an academic society.

Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan famously completes the first circumnavigation of the globe.


Andreas Vesalius defies ancient scholar Galen in "De fabrica" (On the Fabric of the Human Body).


Copernicus' heliocentric theory' is publicized in De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres). The idea of diurnal motion was also presented and this had a major impact on society.

Emergence of Tycho

Tycho published "De nova stella."

Tycho's Star

'Tycho's Star' or the 'Star of 1572' was a dramatic supernova and the talk of Europe.

Tycho's Fortress

In this year construction began on the observatory made famous by Tycho Brahe. Uraniborg, the 'Fortress of the Heavens' was where he made observations and collected astronomical data.

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