What is science?

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Offline Andre

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What is science?
« on: 28/07/2008 15:33:31 »
Andre asked the Naked Scientists:

In a postgraduate exam, a botany lecturer at the university where I studied
asked posed the question "what is science?". He expected an essay,
but I was wondering what the short answer would be and whether scientists,
especially across disciplines, would provide essentially the same answer.

What do you think?

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What is science?
« Reply #1 on: 31/07/2008 23:43:23 »
Science is the process of gaining knowledge about the way everything in the universe behaves by observation and experiment, the creation of models and the testing of the models by using predictions they make to prompt further observation and experiment.

I have tried but I can't do it properly much shorter than that.
Learn, create, test and tell
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God says so!

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« Reply #2 on: 01/08/2008 22:59:41 »
I think the answer should be a question.

"What isn't Science"

Science is everything.
Give a man a fire and he is warm for a day, set a man on fire and he is warm for the rest of his life.

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« Reply #3 on: 05/08/2008 06:39:42 »
I would say that science is an approach to acquiring knowledge through experimentation, which differs from other experimental approaches in that it conforms to agreed upon, rigorous, and formally peer-reviewed methodology to maximise objectivity; and is governed by statistical probability with results that are constantly subject to review and refinement through further experimentation.

Is this view less applicable to the sciences purer than the one I like to think I know a bit about - ecology? I wonder again whether scientists really can roughly agree on an answer to the original question...

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« Reply #4 on: 05/08/2008 09:11:30 »
Science is to question how.