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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...'"

                                                                                            —Isaac Asimov

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".

Pittsburgh connection:
  • Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair
  • Chevron Center for STEM Education & Career Development
                                 at Carnegie Science Center

    Some important science terms include:
  • empirical
  • observable
  • testable
  • scientific method, which includes the careful observation of natural phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis, the conducting of one or more experiments to test the hypothesis, and the drawing of a conclusion that confirms or modifies the hypothesis.
  • hypothesis
  • introductory glossary
  • advanced glossary

    For more information, be sure to visit:
                                                                                                                                                           Caption: The Elements book

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