What is Science?

Science is a way of knowing that seeks to describe and explain the natural and physical world. An important part of scientific literacy is an understanding of the nature of science,which includes an understanding of the following:

  • What scientists, engineers, and technologists do as individuals and as a community
  •  How scientific knowledge is generated and validated, and what benefits, costs, and risks are involved in using this knowledge
  •  How science interacts with technology, society, and the environment

Occasionally, theories and concepts undergo change, but for the most part, the fundamental concepts of science-to do with phenomena such as the cellular basis of life, the laws of energy, the particle theory of matter - have proved stable.  

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