What is Science

“What is science?”

Dr. Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado

Science is a process of trying to understand the world by making models (or theories) which have predictive power. It is not just a set of knowledge. It usually involves:

  • Observing
  • Looking for patterns (which can be clues to underlying laws)

This may involve:

- Sorting
- Classifying
- Measuring

  • Suggesting an explanation (hypothesis) which explains all the observations made so far AND predicts new ones
  • Making an experiment or collecting more data which tests the prediction
  • (If the experiment fails) Suggesting another hypothesis, and trying another experiment….
  • Telling others what you have discovered.

“Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself” -Richard Feynman