A very beautiful day to you all, my ever encouraging readers. How have you been?
The topic we would be discussing today is one of my passions: SCIENCE
We would be looking at: what exactly is Science? How are scientific ideas expressed? Who is a scientist? And what method do scientists use in carrying out their research?
However, not all the above asked questions would be answered today. On this piece today, we are going to focus on: What is science?
The importance of science in our world today cannot be overemphasized. In this 21st century, it has become a common experience to have a very unstable background or foundation in the field of science due to oversimplification of the basics.
Science is both a way of thinking about the natural world and the sum of the information and theory that result from such thinking.
Did you just say ‘wow!’ to that definition? Yes! It is very straightforward and logical. The fact is that the power and success of science flow directly from its reliance on ideas that can be observed, measured and reproduced and theories that have predictive value. The progress of science rests on a foundational assumption that is crucial but unfortunately often unstated. This assumption is called the ‘postulate of objectivity‘ which can be stated thus:
The laws governing forces and phenomena existing in the universe are not subject to change.
So the natural world can be understood by applying a process of inquiry which is referred to as the scientific method. Other than this postulate of objectivity, science makes no inviolate assumptions about the natural world. It is important to note that, what constitutes science is defined by whether or not it is published in the scientific literature after peer review by other working scientists.
Fact: About 16,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals worldwide publish about 1.4 million articles each year. This constitutes a continuing rich harvest of information that is the birthright of every human.
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