Karen Li

The Renaissance (Rebirth) - Just a quick introduction

After the Black death, people who survived lost faith in religion. It was because many people died and they prayed to their sins. Since they lost faith in god/religion they were more open to their everyday life. Humanism encouraged people to focus on education and achievements rather than religion. Merchant class emerges from all of the trade. Which mean more money is made and ideas are exchanged. People were open to looking another cultures because they were no longer only focused on the church. Also because of the renaissance there were more inventions such as the printing press. The printed press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg, which helped spread ideas. Since the renaissance people who followed Christianity looked at their religion and noticed how the church was abusing their power and using people for their money.
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Topic: Renaissance Inventions

Since the renaissance people focused more on art, science, math, philosophy, and many more. Since then they invented many things.
Inventions were developed during the renaissance. It is significant to the renaissance because inventions help people do things faster and easier.
Technology and inventions help renaissance grow because now merchants and bankers became more important. Also making more money. Since then while trading, people started spreading ideas and trading goods. Also the inventions like oil paint which helped making 3D paintings. Before the renaissance there were no 3D paintings, there were only 2D paintings and always about gods and saints.


The telescope: In the middle ages, people believed that the Earth was positioned at the center of the universe and also thought that Earth was flat.In 1543, a man named Nicolaus Copernicus wrote a book called, "On The Revolutions of the heavenly spheres. In the book Nicolaus presented new theories on the structure of the solar system. In one of his theories he said that Earth and planets revolved around the sun not the other way around.
About half a century after Copernicus wrote his hypothesis, a Dutch lens maker named Hans Lippershey created an instrument that would help prove Coernicus's statement was accurate. The year was 1608 and Lippershey created his ground breaking invention (World's first telescope).
One year later, in 1609, an Italian scientist named Galileo Galilei, decided to try to improve and make a better telescope. The telescope Galileo made magnify things up to 30 times. 10 times more than what Copernicus built.
Galileo's invention revolionised peoples understanding of astronomy.

The Mechanical Clock

The first mechanical clock was built in the 1300's. With this invention time began to be measured in hours.
Galileo, an Italian scientist discovered pendulum in 1581. The pendulum was used for constant movement of the hands of the clock.


Historians do not know who invented the first spectacles. About 1287, there were paintings of people holding or wearing. That's how historians know that spectacles were first made in Italy. In 1352, Only the rich and well educated noblemen wore eyeglasses. In 1456, johannes Gutenburg invented the printing press. Once people owned books, thats when commoners owned glasses. These glasses were made out of many materials such as wood, led, copper, bone, leather, and horn.