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Advances in Science and Technology: Mathematics and Sciences

Renaissance scientists thought mathematics could help them understand the universe, they built on ancient teachings. New symbols were invented, such as; the square root(√) and positive (+) and negative (-) numbers.

Advances in Science and Technology: Mathematics and Sciences (continued)

The advance in math led to advances in other fields. Ex: Engineers used mathematical formulas to make a building stronger. Scientist studied astronomy, and Renaissance scientists learned that the earth moves around the sun.


The sun is the center.


The earth is in the center.

Advances in Science and Technology: Mathematics and Sciences (continued)

During the Renaissance, the study of history became just as important as the study of religion, it changed the education completely.


Scholar from Italy. First to offer a combination of abstract entities of classical culture and Christian philosophy. "Father of humanism"

The Spread of New Ideas: Paper and Printing

Papermaking spread from China to the Middle East, and then to Europe. European factories started making paper by the 1300s. Paper was cheaper and easier than the processed animal skins people had written on before.

Johann Guttenberg

Invented printing press. In 1456, he printed the Bible in Latin. Later, it was translated into many languages. Now that the Bible is available, people read and got a valued education.

Printing Press

Each piece of metal had a letter on it, it made printing faster and easier.

New Universities

Scholars from Europe went to Italy to learn about humanist ideas and carried these ideas back to their countries. Only men could attend these universities, however, lots of nobles families educated their daughters at home.

The Northern Renaissance

Humanism spread to northern Europe, and it took on a more religious form. These and some other scholars focused on the history of Christianity instead of Greece and Rome.

Christian Humanism

a blend of humanist and religious ideas


the study of human actions and their abilities.

Northern Scholars and the Church

They believed that the Church was corrupt and did not teach Jesus' teachings.

Desiderius Erasmus

Dutch scholar who was sincere catholic and wanted to change the Church from inside. He believed that instead of rituals, we should focus on God and the teachings of Jesus.

Northern European Renaissance Art

A more realistic style of painting was used than Italian painters. They painted actual people that did not resemble Greek gods. Many painted scenes in daily life rather than things from the bible.

Albrecht Durer

German painter from Nuremberg. He's famous for his prints, which is a work of art that is reproduced from the original.

Albrecht Durer and da Vinci

They are both considered the greatest of their Renaissance era.


Dutch painter, considered one of the greatest painters in European art history. Best know for self-portraits and biblical scenes.

Literature beyond Italy

Writers became important because they wrote in their home language, similar to Dante. Some writers outside of Italy wrote about the Renaissance.

Miguel de Cervantes

A spanish author who wrote "Don Quixote". Don Quixote makes fun of the Middle Ages.

William Shakespeare

English writer who wrote "Romeo and Juliet"; "Hamlet"; "King Lear"; and "Othello".


Development of paper, the printing press and new universities which helped spread the Renaissance beyond Italy. Northern artists and writers altered Renaissance ideas.

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