The Scientific Revolution Web Quest
Directions: Use the links for each of the following historical natural philosophers (scientists) and answer the questions about them. You can either type out the link as it appears on this worksheet or you can go to Canvas and find and click on the links there.
1. Where was Copernicus born and what did he do in his early life?
2. Besides astronomy, what did Copernicus study in school?
3. What different occupations did Copernicus engage in?
4. What was Copernicus’ Heliocentric Theory?
5. When did Copernicus reportedly receive a copy of his printed theory?
1. Where was Kepler born and where did he receive his education?
2. Who did he replace after serving as his assistant?
3. What was Kepler’s mother accused of being?
1. What invention did Galileo improve upon?
2. He discovered how many moons orbiting around Jupiter?
2. He believed we lived in what type of Universe?
3. What does "Eppur si muove!" mean?
4. What was he forced to say during his trial?
Francis Bacon: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/francis-bacon/
1. By today’s standards, Bacon did things at a young age.
a. When did he enter college?
b. When did he become a member of the House of Commons?
2. What was Bacon’s father’s role in the Queen’s court?
3. Describe Bacon’s “method.”
Rene Descartes http://www.maths.tcd.ie/pub/HistMath/People/Descartes/RouseBall/RB_Descartes.html
1. What is the source of this account of Descartes’ life?
2. What was Descartes’ excuse for sleeping late?
3. What were Descartes’ chief contributions to mathematics?
4. Besides mathematics, what other science did Descartes delve into?
Isaac Newton http://www.physics4kids.com/files/motion_laws.html
1. How many laws of motion did Newton create?
2. What was Newton’s first law of motion?
3. What happens to items placed in a location in space? Do they move? Why or why not?
4. What was Newton’s seconded law of motion?