In my previous post, What is science? Part 1, I asked you what your definitionof science was. Three of you answered, and said:
annoying dad: “Science is a way of searching for the truth about the way the world works. It is based on uncertainty. We don’t know anything for sure but we can come up with ideas about how things work. These ideas must be tested against evidence collected from the real world. If an idea passes lots of tests, we can be confident (but never certain) that it is true.”
Amelia: “For me science is seeking to understand the world around us, near and far, including ourselves and the other people in it. Its usually done with the motivation of making things better – but that doesn’t always work. I include the Arts and Humanities in my definition of science as they are important ways of understanding the world and ourselves as well.”
Praveen Rajaro: “Science according to me is about studying and inventing stuff and experimenting to discover new particles and properties of a living organism or even a physical object. It has 3 broad categories called Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each one of them further advances the study in its related topics.”
So, what is science? Google describes it as ‘the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.’
Hmm… Quite hard to understand! The Collins Dictionary has a simpler definition:
‘Science is the study of the nature and behaviour of natural things and the knowledge that we obtain about them.’
I think science is a broad term for looking at our amazing world and, through experiment, finding out how it works.
That’s a lot of different interpretations – which one is right? The correct definition is (drumroll please)…
… all of them. There isn’t a perfect, streamlined definition of science – whatever you think is right, is right.