Was Galileo, Kepler, or Newton more important?

In summary, the conversation is about choosing one of three great scientists (Galileo, Kepler, or Newton) and arguing for their significance in changing the scientific world's ideas from Aristotelian astronomy to modern-day astronomy. The person being asked does not provide a direct answer but suggests that all three scientists have made contributions and the answer is subjective.
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donkeycopter
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Hi,

I have to pick one of these great scientists to write a middterm item on, so basically I'm curious about what you personally think would be the easiest answer to argue to this question:

Which out of Galileo, Kepler or Newton was of the greatest significance in changing the scientific world's ideas from Aristotelian astronomy to modern-day astronomy?

Essentially they all made a contribution obviously, but if you had to argue the point which would you choose and why?

Thanks!
 
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donkeycopter said:
Which out of Galileo, Kepler or Newton was of the greatest significance in changing the scientific world's ideas from Aristotelian astronomy to modern-day astronomy?
These "compare the scientist" kinds of questions don't get much play here.

IMHO, the answer is "yes".
 

Related to Was Galileo, Kepler, or Newton more important?

1. Was Galileo, Kepler, or Newton the most important scientist?

This is a commonly asked question and it is difficult to determine a clear answer. All three scientists made significant contributions to the field of physics and their discoveries built upon each other.

2. What were Galileo, Kepler, and Newton known for?

Galileo is known for his experiments with gravity and motion, as well as his improvements to the telescope. Kepler is known for discovering the laws of planetary motion and his contributions to the field of optics. Newton is known for his laws of motion and universal gravitation.

3. Who had the greatest impact on modern science?

This is a subjective question, as all three scientists played important roles in shaping modern science. However, many argue that Newton's laws of motion and universal gravitation had the greatest impact on our understanding of the physical world.

4. What was the relationship between Galileo, Kepler, and Newton?

Galileo and Kepler were contemporaries and had a friendly relationship, exchanging letters and discussing their ideas. However, Newton lived after both Galileo and Kepler and was greatly influenced by their work. He built upon their discoveries and theories in his own research.

5. Why are Galileo, Kepler, and Newton often considered the fathers of modern physics?

These three scientists made groundbreaking discoveries and developed theories that revolutionized our understanding of the physical world. Their contributions laid the foundation for modern physics and their work continues to be studied and built upon by scientists today.

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