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Age of Genius

Updated on June 27, 2015

Age of Genius

The seventeenth century is widely regarded as a time of significant creativity in sciences, arts, philosophy as politics. With a significant development of science as well as scientific thoughts, the century became regarded as the age of genius. A variety of scientists in various arenas set out to make a wide range of discoveries that would change the world in ways that had never been seen before. For instance, Robert Boyle made a discovery that pressure of a gas in a closed container is inversely proportional to the container, Giovanni Borelli focused his efforts in lenses, and Galileo Galilei defined various mathematical laws while Isaac Newton went on to articulate the law of gravity. These are just among a few of the scientists and inventors who made discoveries that propelled science. The seventeenth century also brought with it the age of reason in philosophy having succeeded the era of Renaissance philosophy. It was in this age that starting from Rene Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, unified systems of logic, ethics, epistemology and metaphysics among a few others were brought in to light. These and other philosophers paved the way for other philosophers such as John Locke, Immanuel Kant and Thomas Hobbes, who have made significant contributions in the field of philosophy as a whole.

Through the contribution of scientists and inventors, there were major discoveries that were appropriately applied in mining, agriculture, business and even navigation. This gave ground for more innovation and advancements in technology all aimed at making work easier and generating higher revenues. In philosophy, individual philosophers were motivated to think for themselves and question those in authority (religious and intellects). This gave birth to various schools of through reason including rationalism and empiricism among others.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that the age of genius was in deed as age that brought about remarkable changes that had neither been seen nor would ever be seen again. The people were finally able to think for themselves, question the status quo and put their reasoning, skills and talents to the test. It is from this age that further advancements in technology and philosophy can be seen today.


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