Glossary term: Science

Description: The word science is derived from the Latin scientia, which means knowledge. However, in the modern context science refers to the disciplines and subdisciplines that develop knowledge by using data from experimentation and observation. Each scientific discipline may have its own methods and approaches, but they share similarities that include objectivity, logic, rational thinking, and providing evidence-based explanations of the underlying physical mechanisms for phenomena and objects. As such, science is not based upon belief or authority; science is self-correcting as revealed by experiments and observations. Science can also refer to the body of knowledge relating to a particular discipline.

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