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Scientific Revolution
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The idea that a single radical change took place in European thinking about nature in the early modern period that in essence gave rise to modern natural science can be traced back to the 17th century [3]. Such a view is already clearly apparent in the Querelle des anciens et des modernes, even if there was no talk of a “revolution” as such (the word was, however, used in the article Expérimental in Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie [1. 299]). From this time forth, the talk was invariably of one or more revolutions in science, and especially natural science [6]. The term “scientifi…

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Cohen, Hendrik Floris, “Scientific Revolution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_030480>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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