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PostSubject: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:07 pm

Watch the videos in the 2nd Medio page; The Worlds Largest Microscope and The Scientific Revolution.

In 150 words or less state whether you think the following statement is true or false and explain why,

¨The invention of the microscope was the most important development during the scientific revolution in our understanding of life¨

You may have to do further research about the Scientific Revolution on the internet to answer this question. If you do please include references.

DUE DATE: You must answer these questions by the start of your second class during Week 22 (16/8/10) Razz



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PostSubject: Re: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Thu Aug 12, 2010 9:25 pm

In my opinion, the statement “the invention of the microscope was the most important development during the scientific revolution in our understanding of life” is true. To what concerns me, sight is one of our most important senses, because it enables us to receive information and understand our environment more clearly, but this ability can only be used in certain circumstances. Here is when the invention of the microscope is most relevant, because of it we were able to understand the spread of diseases and others, helping the society advance and create alternative methods to combat catastrophes that in the end, made earlier life difficult and with a high mortality rate.
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PostSubject: Re: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:07 pm

I think the statement is true as far as it refers to "our understanding of life". Since its invention, the microscope has been improved and developed, allowing us to see things so small like atoms. They have allowed us to view all kinds of cells and living organisms, so yes, they have been the most important invention to help us understand life. However, inventions such as the telescope have allowed us to see important things concerning our understanding of the universe, so one cannot completely say that it it the most important development during the scientific revolution.
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PostSubject: Re: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:20 pm

Yo creo que la invención del microscopio fue una de las invenciones más importantes de la revolución científica ya que nos permitió ver las cosas más pequeñas y así entender mejor nuestro mundo. Sin embargo, otra invención relevante para el hombre hecha en la revolución científica, fue la del telescopio. Este instrumento permitió a gente como Copérnico desarrollar teorías tales como la teoría heliocéntrica que fue uno de los descubrimientos más importantes de la época.
La invención del microscopio fue importante en el entendimiento de nuestra vida cotidiana, sin embargo no fue la única invención que cambio nuestra forma de pensar y de entender la vida.


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PostSubject: Re: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:15 am

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The microscope was important to the scientific revolution, but there are things that are even more important than it. The microscope helped us to see the world in much detail and helped us to understand how everything is connected. As the woman in the video said, microscopes will continue to develop and there will be more scientific discoveries because of this. So it certainly is one of the most important inventions because it helped us to see the world from a different point of view, one with much more details in it. it also helped to prove things that only theorized in the past.
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PostSubject: Re: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:57 pm

I believe the statement is true till a certain point. I think the invention of the microscope was vital for us to get to where we are now in terms of technology, health, life quality and other issues. Without it we would be much less developed as a society, and wouldnt have been able to get to where we are now, with such great lack of knowledge about ourselves turning us much more vulerable yet before nature. However, eventhough it was a clearly significant invention, it worked in hand with others to help us understand our world and surroundings better, therefore it was not the only apparatus used or needed to get further and deeper investigations.
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PostSubject: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution   Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:09 pm

The invention of the Microscope was an extraordinary innovation which led to many discoveries and new understanding of many aspects of life. Thanks to this invention the world suffered many of the most important changes that improved life conditions, comprehension of bacteria and their effect in humans, within many others.
However I’m not certain that “the microscope was the most important development during the scientific revolution in our understanding of life”, because in the scientific revolution there were many other discoveries that also contributed in our knowledge of life. In the Scientific Revolution new ideas emerged to reject previous thoughts about life, separating the spiritual thoughts with logic. Many of these inventions such as the microscope changed the ideology of people at that time and still now a days contribute to new discoveries.
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PostSubject: Re: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:49 pm

The microscope has indeed helped the world to have a better understanding of issues such as cells and other microscopic organisms thus I do belive ¨The invention of the microscope was the most important development during the scientific revolution in our understanding of life¨
As it is said in the same introduction of the the video it helped develop a wider understanding of life however with more "hilarious" results and theories. Although inventions such as the telescope have also been called very important as it has also helped the human race to understand aspects of the world, the microscope has provided use to the human race directly as it has helped study micro organisms in disease, reproducion and surounding organisms such as plants allowing us to come up with not only better explanation, but even better results such as cures for diseases and other health issues.
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PostSubject: Re: Microscopes and the Scientific Revolution (SVI)   Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:25 pm

Though during this period of time there were numerous discoveries and advances in technology that were prominent and essential to the development of sciene, the microscope proved to be exceptionally important in the understanding of life at a diminute scale. It was a huge development that changed the life standards, and we probably would have a more lacking knowledge of the human condition and functioning, and of the virus and microbes that impede human development.
While this is true, the statement that "The invention of the microscope was the most important development during the scientific revolution in our understanding of life" is not necessarily true; there were many other things that greatly influenced and expanded our knowledge of life. While, yes, the microscope gave us a previously unknown perspective of the far-too-small, there was Andreas Vesalius' book that depicted the first human skeleton, there was an enhanced knowledge on astrology- from where we can highlight the invention of the telescope, and Ptolemy's 'Almagest'- and chemistry (as seen in the development of 'experimental science'). All of these produced a change in the way we saw life, and affected the way we live now, too.
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