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A brief introduction to Science
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!'
but 'That's funny...'"
Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.
The main branches of science are also referred to as "sciences", "scientific fields", or "scientific disciplines".
There was a time when science could be broken down into neat-and-tidy disciplines — straightforward things like biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. But as science advances, these fields are becoming increasingly specialized and interdisciplinary, leading to entirely new avenues of inquiry.
Science is from the Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge".
at Carnegie Science Center
Some important science terms include:
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