The Scientific Revolution
A document-based teaching unit
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This unit invites the student to explore the advances in scientific knowledge made in Europe in the mid-sixteenth century, which radically changed humankind’s basic notions of the very structure of the universe. Students are introduced to the contributions of key scientists and to their basic discoveries and inventions, through illustrations and short excerpts of their work. Students will compare Ptolemy’s ancient earth-centered universe with Copernicus’ new sun-centered solar system; study Galileo’s telescopic observations which verified Copernican theory; revoew the development of the Scientific Method by Francis Bacon and René Descartes; and explore the miniature world revealed by the microscope.
Lesson 1: Ptolemy and Copernicus
Lesson 2: Galileo and His Telescope
Lessons 3: Bacon and Descartes
Lesson 4: The Development of the Microscope
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