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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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 administrator of the Manhattan ... leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare ... during World War II, when he was in effect the first presidential science advisor ...
J. Robert Oppenheimer - Final Years
... 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 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 ...
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 ... held in continental Europe, the other being the 28th World Science Fiction Convention held in West Germany ...
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 ... force behind the establishment of the National Science Foundation ...

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:

    Science is the language of the temporal world; love is that of the spiritual world. Man, indeed, describes more than he explains; while the angelic spirit sees and understands. Science saddens man; love enraptures the angel; science is still seeking, love has found. Man judges of nature in relation to itself; the angelic spirit judges of it in relation to heaven. In short to the spirits everything speaks.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799–1850)

    The science of constructing a commonwealth, or renovating it, or reforming it, is, like every other experimental science, not to be taught a priori. Nor is it a short experience that can instruct us in that practical science, because the real effects of moral causes are not always immediate.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

    The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.
    Aleister Crowley (1875–1947)