What is science?

  • (noun): A particular branch of scientific knowledge.
    Example: "The science of genetics"
    Synonyms: scientific discipline
    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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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 ... tank makes it their only goal to cast doubt on supported science because it conflicts with political agendas ...
Vannevar Bush
... van-NEE-var 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 ... 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 ... of 1955, nor, though invited, did he attend the first Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in 1957 ... difficulty 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 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 ... who, through public service activities in science and technology, has made an outstanding "contribution toward the welfare of mankind and the Nation." The ... behind the establishment of the National Science Foundation ...

More definitions of "science":

  • (noun): Ability to produce solutions in some problem domain.
    Example: "The sweet science of pugilism"
    Synonyms: skill

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