(A rehash of a dKos diary from 8/27/2007 in honor of President Al Gore).
Science was the boring class you had to take in school where the teacher droned on and on about stuff you already knew, or didn’t care about. No, not really, although that is the only thing a lot of people know about science.
Let’s try a different definition. Science is the systematic gathering of data and the forming of theories to explain this data. This is a better definition, but kind of dry. Science is really all about model building. (No, not model cars). The models I’m talking about are mathematical, or systematic models (called theories).
Note : Don’t use Wikipedia for reference material, I’ve learned since I wrote this that information from Wikipedia is alway suspect because Anyone can edit it. It can be a useful tool when doing research, but realize that it is not a source you want to reference.
(I was brand new at the time)
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