Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Character of the Enlightenment)
In 1759, Jean Lerond d'Alembert described a revolution that he saw taking place in natural philosophy which became known as the Scientific Revolution. The objective of this lesson is to learn about the Scientific Revolution.
1. Class discussion: In the beginning of Chapter 1, who described a revolution that he saw taking place in natural philosophy? What was this revolution called? Do you think the name "Scientific Revolution" is an appropriate name to the revolution Jean Lerond d'Alembert saw taking place? Why or why not? What year was the Scientific Revolution "established"? Who were some of the scientists listed in Chapter 1 associated with the Scientific Revolution?
2. Individual assignment: Analyze and discuss the following observation made by Jean Lerond d'Alembert, "Once the foundations of a revolution have been laid down it is almost always the succeeding generation which completes that revolution." Do you agree or disagree with this statement...
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