Do you think the driving force of Renaissance Scientists was finding eternal life and Great riches?

Posted by: debatingfish

e.g. Hennig Brand, was trying to achieve the Philosophers stone (A material that provides eternal life and turns any metal into gold of silver)

Poll closed on 10/30/2015 at 12:00AM.
  • Riches were the goals of Scientists

  • No, they also had other goals.

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  • I have to go with this because most renaissance scientists were under the employ of a government (usually a monarch). The setup was not such that they would be able to fully keep proprietary rights of any discoveries that were made. Sailing to the new world to find riches that would immediately belong to the Spanish royal family for example. Making tech advances largely were seized and applied to that nations interests. Im certain they knew that going into things. Their interests were not about money entirely. Most of them lived in relative poverty and worked with what tools they had. Science has almost always been underfunded. They havent been known to turn those funds to themselves either ... they end up going back into their experiments ... so that has to show some emphasis there.

  • they wanted to go for there dreams

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FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-09-29T19:52:58.3775746Z
Your Einstein caricature is a good example. He didnt decide to come to the US to present his discoveries because the US was paying more ... He did it for ideological reasons.
FreedomBeforeEquality says2015-09-29T19:53:19.5471817Z
Your Einstein caricature is a good example. He didnt decide to come to the US to present his discoveries because the US was paying more ... He did it for ideological reasons.

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