Above is a short video about the 17th century Dutch biologist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. He transformed the microscope into a scientific tool with his creation of more powerful lenses. He was the first to view microorganisms such as protozoa, and he laid the foundation for the field of microbiology for future scientists like […]

When Nicolaus Copernicus published his On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres in 1543, the scientific community was forced to choose sides. There were the existing model put forth by Ptolemy that had held up for over 1000 years and the new conclusions reached by Copernicus. The two theories had deep implications about the organization of the […]

Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy in 1564, a place and time in which the understanding of the universe was dictated, for the most part, by the teachings of the Catholic Church. Galileo considered dedicating his life to the Church and joining the priesthood as a young man. However, he instead decided to attend […]

Sir  Isaac Newton was an English-born mathematician of the Scientific Revolution. Like many other scientists of this time, he built upon the work of his predecessors, especially Galileo. The Italian astronomer used the telescope to make extremely precise observations of planets and moons in the night sky that had never been achieved before. Newton used […]