The word ‘science’ comes from the Latin root word ‘scientia’ which means knowledge. We use science to systematically explain every element and phenomenon present in the universe. Science is all around you, everything that you see from the computer that you are reading this on to the sun rising in the morning are all explained and part of science. The subject of science includes everything from the smallest atom in your body to the chemical reactions in our brains that allow us to reason and feel joy.
What Makes “Science”
Science is used to help answer questions simply and logically. It often creates more questions than it answers and these questions have led to some incredible advancements in technology. Science has helped our knowledge grow and allowed us to understand our environment, the things that put us in danger, how to live longer and how to live better. Science is the reason why we have advanced so far and scientists all over the globe continue to try and unravel the mysteries of the universe. Science is complicated but it does have some pretty straightforward characteristics.
For the most part science limits itself to the world around us and doesn’t believe in magic or other supernatural explanations. It is here to educate us on what the world is made of, how things work and the impact it has on us. Science is not just dry factual data but it is a journey to understanding our world. Answers are found by testing theories rather than just speculating on the results. The power of observation is the central part of science, theories are accepted because of the rigorous testing process and are constantly under scrutiny and are revised as we learn more.
Fields of Study
While there is chemistry, biology and paleontology just two name a few, science is effectively broken down into two main areas of study. The social sciences which is the study of human and social behaviours and natural sciences which is the study of natural things like physics or biology. There are hundreds of sub disciplines and interdisciplinary subjects like medicine or engineering. At its core science is all related and knowledge is cumulative.
Why Study Science
Science has allowed us to improve our lives while exploring the mysteries of the universe. If we want to know where we came from and better understand our world then science is the path to find those answers. We should never give up our natural curiosity that allowed us to become scientists in the first place.