Defining Science

December 26, 2007 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Musing + Mulling | 2 Comments
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If I were to explain about what exactly science is, I’d say that science is questioning. Science is curiosity. Science is not everything that exists – but it is why a thing exists, how it exists and what it is. It’s not to be found in books, instead, it’s everywhere. It is something that teaches and transforms. People who argue that science creates problems forget that it also equips us with tools to solve those problems. In words of Isaac Asimov, ‘while it is true that knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.’

Overcoming obstacles is science. So is revolutionary thought and innovation. Science is creativity, and courage. Science is also an emotion; it is something that cannot be ignored however much you try. Science is a mystery; but it is perhaps more of a solution to that mystery, and the ways of finding it.

‘The whole of science is nothing but a refinement of everyday thinking,’ said Albert Einstein. I couldn’t think of a more succinct or elegant way of summing up what science is. It just goes on to show that science is not something to be understood by a few learned people; but it is something that connects each individual to their own life and to those of others’, and the world – why, it connects them to the Universe as a whole.

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  1. […] today – it should be able to be unsderstood by everyone: this is how I myself have always viewed as the purpose of all science. I’ve loved him (and all other men of science haha) since I was like six. It’s such a […]

  2. Really nice blog! will sure keep reading here :)


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