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
... to establish what would eventually become the World Academy of Art and Science in 1960 ... nor, though invited, did he attend the first Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in 1957 ... of knowledge in a world in which the freedom of science to exchange ideas was more and more hobbled by political concerns ...
Vannevar Bush Award
... The National Science Board established the Vannevar Bush Award (/væˈniːvər/ van-NEE-vər) in 1980 to honor Dr ... an individual who, through public service activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding "contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the Nation ... and the force behind the establishment of the National Science Foundation ...
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 ... where an organization or think tank makes it their only goal to cast doubt on supported science because it conflicts with political agendas ...
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 Congress Centre ... in continental Europe, the other being the 28th World Science Fiction Convention held in West Germany ...
Vannevar Bush
... 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 administrator of the Manhattan Project, for ... leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare ... World War II, when 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:

    Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
    —J.G. (James Graham)

    For twenty-five centuries, Western knowledge has tried to look upon the world. It has failed to understand that the world is not for the beholding. It is for hearing. It is not legible, but audible. Our science has always desired to monitor, measure, abstract, and castrate meaning, forgetting that life is full of noise and that death alone is silent: work noise, noise of man, and noise of beast. Noise bought, sold, or prohibited. Nothing essential happens in the absence of noise.
    Jacques Attali (b. 1943)

    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)