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Recognize Science's Unsung Global Pioneers to Alter Its Future

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Illustration shows a western scientist standing in the shadow of an eastern scientist.

Many of the pioneers of modern science in Europe relied on theories and observations borrowed from elsewhere.

Credit: Simone Rotella

We are usually told that modern science was invented in Europe sometime between 1500 and 1700. This was the scientific revolution and it set the stage for what was to come: Europe continued to make incredible advances, leaving much of the rest of the world to catch up.

There is, though, one big problem with this idea: It just simply is not true. The origin of modern science was not a product of a unique European culture. Rather, it depended upon a global cultural exchange.

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