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Science is how we learn about the universe

We believe that science the most a reliable process by which we learn about our universe and our place in it.

To understand what science is, just look around you. What do you see? Perhaps, your hand on the mouse, a cell phone, papers, ballpoint pens, the family cat, the sun shining through the window. Science is, in one sense, our knowledge of all that — all the stuff that is in the universe: from the tiniest subatomic particles in a single atom of the metal in your computer’s circuits, to the nuclear reactions that formed the immense ball of gas that is our sun, to the complex chemical interactions and electrical fluctuations within your own body that allow you to read and understand these words. Science best explains these natural phenomena.

Science relies on testing ideas with evidence gathered from the natural world.

Human progress, which has been breathtaking over the past two centuries in nearly every realm of life, has principally been the result of the application of the scientific method to solving problems, from engineering bridges and eradicating diseases to extending life spans and establishing rights.

It wasn’t obvious that the earth goes around the sun, that blood circulates throughout the body, that vaccines inoculate against disease. But because because people like Nicolaus Copernicus, William Harvey and Edward Jenner made careful measurements and observations, today we better understand these things.

Science helps satisfy the natural curiosity with which we are all born: why is the sky blue, how did the leopard get its spots, what is a solar eclipse? With science, we can answer such questions without resorting to magical explanations. And science can lead to technological advances, as well as helping us learn about enormously important and useful topics, such as our health, the environment, and natural hazards. 

Without science, the modern world would not be modern at all, and we still have much to learn. Millions of scientists all over the world are working to solve different parts of the puzzle of how the universe works, peering into its nooks and crannies, deploying their microscopes, telescopes, and other tools to unravel its secrets.

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