Question #2


11/18/02


period 1


The word “revolution” normally denotes rapid political change involving large numbers of people. The Scientific Revolution was not rapid, nor did it involve more than a few hundred human beings. It was a complex movement with many false starts and many brilliant people with wrong as well as useful ideas. It was truly revolutionary by the fact that the fields of science such as astronomy and mathematics, were progressing at an amazing rate. Political revolutions, if successful, are more enduring than an intellectual one. Intellectual revolutions last for a relatively short period of time, as one problem is solved, the enthusiasm decreases for the other problems. In political revolutions, if the replacement government is well liked, it could stay there indefinitely. However, if the new government receives general dislike, it may last there for an extremely short amount of time (less than a year).