Science

Science is essentially the systematic investigation of nature. Although science can be considered a cultural behaviour, there are elements of science which can be considered 'natural' for example classification of natural objects. These are so-called natural sciences.  

To do science requires some technological skills, in particular, writing and recording of observations often from measuring instruments compared with calibrated standards.

Science is about providing an explanation for 'How things happen'. How does a light bulb work? for example. Or how do trees grow? Science is able to provide models of explanations that are testable , observable or measurable.


A ruler represents a key feature of science. Can it be measured? image: wikipedia


Science is typically divided into subject areas that consider the basic features that are being investigated or how it is investigated.


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An acid base reaction is a typical chemistry investigation showing pH changes and volume. image: wikipedia


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A laser investigation is a typical physics investigation. image: wikipedia/NASA



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A piece of weathered limestone highlights a geological process. image: R.Conan-Davies

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Microscope image showing cells of a simple plant Calypogeia fossa, a kind of liverwort. image: wikimedia


Sometimes these areas are described in terms of '[topic] sciences' for example 

In this context [Topic] Sciences often implies the use of other scientific fields of study or techniques to add to the topic. For example Life Sciences would be considered multidisciplinary because it may include physics techniques and topics to add to the investigation of life processes. Often it would include applied aspects such as potential medical applications.  


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