What is nature?
Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.
Explaining nature can come from a various angles. But the most useful method for investigating nature and how it works is through science.
But more usually when we speak of 'nature' we mean the natural world in the sense of it not being manipulated or altered by human technology. So when people use the expression Getting back to nature it really means exposing your yourself to raw aspects of nature such as wind, sun, sand, trees or seeing animals and plants.
The origin of the word 'nature'
The word 'nature' has it's origins in Latin, meaning 'to be born' from the verb nasci. Recall the word nascent also means 'coming into existence'
Much of our knowledge of the workings of nature comes from science.
Typical topics and components of nature include:
Forces of nature
Space, Cosmos and the universe