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What is science?


 

Science is the process of reasoning with which we try to understand what we do not understand or want to know more about.

To do this, we first use our senses and then, if our senses do not give us sufficient answers, we develop and use insruments which aid and enhance our senses to know more.

For instance, we use microscopes to see small objects and telescopes to see far away objects.

To know if something is sour, we taste it but then to know how much sour it is, we use a pH meter and then make coclusions based on the inforamtion we gathered.

You may not know this but you use this process of reasoning in your every day life. For instance, if you hear an unusual sound that startles you, you track it down to its source and then either get more alarmed by it or ignore it altogether as nothing to worry about.

You did this by gathering information and then made the conclusion by reasoning.

Why we find science so difficult?

We look at science and at scientists with a sense of awe getting overwhelmed by the instruments they use and the words they use to express their findings.

If only scientists explaind their findings in simple day to day language, we will understand science better and not find it so difficult. Scientists used to do that during the early 1900's for they used to share their results with the lay public which was also eager to know those results because they wanted to understand those findings and apply them to their lives and thereby live better.

Also it will be so much easy to understand and go into science if the scientists did not give complicated, hard to pronounce names to their scientific instruments. They are notthat hard to learn and use; it is their names which baffle and belittle us.

For instance terms like spectrophotometers, electrophoresis and chromatography are not known to us so we get overshelmed by them. But if someone explains what these terms mean and how the various instruments work and for what purpose we use them, you will be surprised how uplifted and good you will feel about yourself by just knowing that much.

Suddently you will find that science was not that difficult after all and you had just as much science aptitude as any scientist.

How can I become a better scientist?

To start with, ask yourself just one question "What could or would happen if..?

This is the key quesiton which gets you started on the way to experimentation and discovery. It also allows you to think before acting and therefore it aids you in the planning of your experiments.

Then you do not act haphazardly but systematically and that is what goes in the making of a scientist. Start with that.

The Science Skills Centr can help you get started in that direction giving you confidence in the process.