Science as Purposeful

I agree; the minds of the Scientific Revolution took another look at the natural world. {Peer} wrote: “The fact that Cohen describes Newton and his contemporaries as “rediscoverers” is in line with Cohen’s statement that the word “revolution” was first used as a technical term in the sciences.”

It was a revolution of thought, a reordering of the understanding of the natural world as well as humankind’s place in that world. However, the Scientific Revolution is a term that would be coined after the original participants were long deceased. One thing that I think may be a factor is that the “new science” wanted to be useful instead of just for appearances. In “The Scientific Revolution in Seventeenth-Century New England,” Rose Lockwood addressed the concerns of agrarian farmers in the new world. Noting the calendar year and aspects of the heavens above, Lockwood said, “It is clear from the essays and poetry of the almanac compilers that the new science affected the ideas of New England puritans before the age of Jonathan Edwards.”[1] The New Englanders understood a need to consult science for direct application to their livelihood – crops. The Puritan mindset and Protestant ethic encouraged the people to tend the earth, and by turning to science humankind was able to up the produce of the earth.


Lockwood, Rose. “The Scientific Revolution in Seventeenth-Century New England.” 1980. The New England Quarterly, 53.1: 76-95.

[1] Rose Lockwood, “The Scientific Revolution in Seventeenth-Century New England,” p. 77.