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Is Science a formal study based on observation and experiment

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Is Science a formal study based on observation and experiment Science is best defined as a careful, disciplined, logical search for knowledge about any and all aspects of the universe, obtained by examination of the best available evidence and always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better evidence1. The triumphs of science represent a cumulative process of increasing knowledge and a sequence of victories over ignorance and superstition; and from science flowed a stream of inventions for the improvement of human life. Man's inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge has lead him to discover and explain the state of many things as they exist/existed. However, most discoveries of mankind have been the result of formal scientific method and not purely accident. Every formal scientific method involves certain steps which are as follows: 1. Observe something regarding the cosmos 2. Devise a hypothesis which agrees with what has been viewed. 3. Using the hypothesis make predictions. 4. By experiments or further observations test those predictions and adjust the hypothesis corresponding to the results. ...read more.

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but also to discover and explain new things/phenomena. With the increase in technology and theoretical advances it is possible to quicken the pace of achieving a fuller understanding of the universe and revalidating current theories. The current technological advance has now made it possible send rockets into space to explore life and conditions on other planets. These rockets are powered by extremely advanced computers which help to collect accurate information and data without the need for humans to travel in them. As a consequence, one day it might be possible for humans to colonize these planets. With the current machines it is possible to predict natural phenomena, for e.g. seismographs can predict earthquakes with a fair amount of accuracy. However, with further advances it may be possible to predict accurately earthquakes and volcanic eruptions much before they occur, there by resulting in less loss of human life. In the near future, it may be possible to determine the origin and the evolution of the earth. Research, with the help of modern technology, is in the process of understanding the human body completely. ...read more.

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There was a screen coated with a barium compound lying to one side, and Roentgen noticed that it would fluoresce when an electrical discharge would occur in the tube he was watching. On reaching for the screen, Roentgen got his hand between the discharge tube and the screen and saw the bones of his own hand through the shadow of his skin. In 1901, Roentgen received the Nobel prize for his accidental discovery of X-rays. Though many important discoveries have been made in the immediate past, we still have a long way to go before we satisfy ourselves as far as full knowledge of the cosmos is concerned. However, when we will finally assimilate a full understanding of the universe, man will have to relinquish the desire to quench his thirst for knowledge since there would be nothing new to discover. Nevertheless, man can draw solace from the fact that nature continuously throws newer challenges at mankind. Hence, the process of discovery will surely transcend time. Finally to conclude with a quote from the famous scientist Einstein, "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. ...read more.

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