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.
From New Scientist
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