William Harvey: The Scientific Revolution

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The Scientific Revolution (1543-1688) consisted of thinkers who started to question the old “truths” about astronomy, chemistry, biology, and were now having a more secular outlook on the universe that did not solely revolve around God’s creation. This was also a time where the Catholic Church was doing its best to claim power over the people. However, people were no longer willing to accept all of the church’s ideas. The church still held the majority if power so thinkers who were brave enough to publically contradict the church were executed. As more thinkers started working together and hypothesis turned into undeniable facts, some secular ideas were accepted. This is where William Harvey, (1578-1657) started finding his success and with the support of other thinkers, Harvey would eventually change the field of science and the understanding of the body.
William Harvey grew up in Folkestone, England, attended Cambridge, and studied medicine at University if Padua. What sparked Harvey’s ideas regarding the human body was his tutor, Hieronymus Fabricius (1537-1619). Fabricus recognized that human veins had valves; however, he did not know they meaning or use of them. Working from this discovery, Harvey was able to find out how exactly blood was maneuvered throughout the body. He experimented with the dissection of animals and human and found evidence
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Fortunately, as the Scientific Revolution prevailed, the younger generation was willing to accept secular ideas such as Harvey’s. What separates Harvey the most from other secular physicists at the time, was that Harvey had gathered to much evidence against Galen’s ideas for Harvey to not be accepted. The result of this is that Harvey’s understanding of the human body propelled the field of medicine and science which meant more people could be cured by effective methods, and not ones related to

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