What is this Science thingy?
I ran across a nice quote from a certain Sir. William Bragg who apparently said:
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
That is such a nice quote, because it deals with a certain misconception that the general public holds about science and scientists in general. The general public’s view of a scientist is a geek wearing big glasses, with messy hair, and wearing suspenders who can blurt out all kinds of facts out of his head in a matter of seconds.
Now, having specific, technical knowledge is a necessary but not sufficient characteristic of a scientist. In its core, science is not about collecting facts, but explaining them. Science is a method of finding out why those facts are there, why they work the way they work. Making a list of facts is a small, but necessary, fraction of Science. Science answers many questions and “What” is only one of them. Mostly it is concerned with “How” or “Why” type of questions. Science is concerned with making predictions and testing them. It is concerned with the future more so than the past. It wonders what new facts could be discovered, not merely what has already been discovered and cataloged.
And that is why Science ROCKS!
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