Age of Enlightenment: A Captivating Guide to the Age of Reason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Mary Somerville

October 30, 2020
Age of Enlightenment: A Captivating Guide to the Age of Reason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, John Locke, and Mary Somerville

The life of an eminent scientist during the ScientificRevolution and the ensuing Enlightenment was not easy. Ambitiouspeople were killed in the name of the Catholic Church for theirscientific and philosophical works, which were often viewed asheretical. As time went on, however, and the truths of scientificresearch and exploration showed themselves time and time again, thecollective perspective of the population began to shift away fromreligious dogma toward the logical scientific method.The Enlightenment gained traction in the 17th century, and moreemphasis was given to scientific techniques in the schools, as wellas to the separation of religious and scientific data. Religiousphilosophies also became less rooted in the exact words of theCatholic Church, as papal authority gave way in many Europeancountries to splinter groups of Christianity, such as theCalvinists, Lutherans, and other types of Protestants.Major figures of the Enlightenment period include Voltaire,Isaac Newton, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Jean-JacquesRousseau, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and Thomas Jefferson. Theseand many other great thinkers of the era influenced mass socialupheaval in pursuit of equality and human rights, and manyhistorians consider the culmination of these efforts to have beenthe French Revolution of 1789.In Age of Enlightenment: A Captivating Guide to the Age ofReason, Including the Lives of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, JohnLocke, and Mary Somerville, you will discover topics such asThe Republic of LettersMichel de MontaigneFrancis BaconMarie de GournayRené DescartesBathsua MakinAnna Maria Van SchurmanDorothy MoorePrincess Elisabeth of BohemiaRobert BoyleJohn LockeIsaac NewtonEngland's Civil WarThe Royal Society of LondonMarie du MoulinConflict in the Royal SocietyCharles-Louis de Secondat (Montesquieu)Benjamin FranklinDavid HumeAdam SmithThe Boston Tea PartyThomas PaineThe American RevolutionFrançois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)Mary Sommerville