What is science?

  • (noun): Ability to produce solutions in some problem domain.
    Example: "The sweet science of pugilism"
    Synonyms: skill
    See also — Additional definitions below

Science

Science (from Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning (found, for example, in Aristotle), "science" refers to the body of reliable knowledge itself, of the type that can be logically and rationally explained (see History and philosophy below). Since classical antiquity science as a type of knowledge was closely linked to philosophy. In the early modern era the words "science" and "philosophy" were sometimes used interchangeably in the English language. By the 17th century, natural philosophy (which is today called "natural science") was considered a separate branch of philosophy. However, "science" continued to be used in a broad sense denoting reliable knowledge about a topic, in the same way it is still used in modern terms such as library science or political science.

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J. Robert Oppenheimer - Final Years
... scientists and academics to establish what would eventually become the World Academy of Art and Science in 1960. 1955, nor, though invited, did he attend the first Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in 1957 ... of managing the power of knowledge in a world in which the freedom of science to exchange ideas was more and more hobbled by political concerns ...
48th World Science Fiction Convention
... The 48th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), was ConFiction, which was held in The Hague, Netherlands 23rd-27 August 1990 at the Netherlands ... Europe, the other being the 28th World Science Fiction Convention held in West Germany ...
Science and Society - Political Usage
... See also Politicization of science Many issues damage the relationship of science to the media and the use of science and scientific arguments by politicians ... (SCAMs), where an organization or think tank makes it their only goal to cast doubt on supported science because it conflicts with political agendas ...
Vannevar Bush Award
... The National Science Board established the Vannevar Bush Award (/væˈniːvər/ van-NEE-vər) in 1980 to honor Dr ... The annual award recognizes an individual who, through public service activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding "contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the Nation." The recipient of the ... to Presidents, and the force behind the establishment of the National Science Foundation ...
Vannevar Bush
... March 11, 1890 – June 28, 1974) was an American engineer, inventor and science administrator known for his work on analog computers, for his role as an initiator and ... some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare ... he was in effect the first presidential science advisor ...

More definitions of "science":

  • (noun): A particular branch of scientific knowledge.
    Example: "The science of genetics"
    Synonyms: scientific discipline

Famous quotes containing the word science:

    Hard times accounted in large part for the fact that the exposition was a financial disappointment in its first year, but Sally Rand and her fan dancers accomplished what applied science had failed to do, and the exposition closed in 1934 with a net profit, which was donated to participating cultural institutions, excluding Sally Rand.
    —For the State of Illinois, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    You are all fundamentalists with a top dressing of science. That is why you are the stupidest of conservatives and reactionists in politics and the most bigoted of obstructionists in science itself. When it comes to getting a move on you are all of the same opinion: stop it, flog it, hang it, dynamite it, stamp it out.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
    Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974)