. How did the ideas of scientists and philosophers become more accessible to people?
- Ancient and medieval scientific texts were compiled and published and, maps and scientific diagrams were widely printed.
- When scientists like Isaac Newton began to publish their discoveries, they could influence a much wider circle of scientifically minded readers.
- The writings of thinkers such as Thomas Paine, Voltaire and Jean Jacques Rousseau were also widely printed and read.
- Thus their ideas about science, reason and rationality found their way into the popular literature.