thenewenlightenmentage:

What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions
‘The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious — the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.’
“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology,” Carl Sagan famously quipped in 1994, “and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.” Little seems to have changed in the nearly two decades since, and although the government is now actively encouraging “citizen science,” for many “citizens” the understanding of — let alone any agreement about — what science is and does remains meager.
So, what exactly is science, what does it aspire to do, and why should we the people care? It seems like a simple question, but it’s an infinitely complex one, the answer to which is ever elusive and contentious. Gathered here are several eloquent definitions that focus on science as process rather than product, whose conduit is curiosity rather than certainty.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

What Is Science? From Feynman to Sagan to Asimov to Curie, an Omnibus of Definitions

‘The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious — the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.’

“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology,” Carl Sagan famously quipped in 1994, “and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.” Little seems to have changed in the nearly two decades since, and although the government is now actively encouraging “citizen science,” for many “citizens” the understanding of — let alone any agreement about — what science is and does remains meager.

So, what exactly is science, what does it aspire to do, and why should we the people care? It seems like a simple question, but it’s an infinitely complex one, the answer to which is ever elusive and contentious. Gathered here are several eloquent definitions that focus on science as process rather than product, whose conduit is curiosity rather than certainty.

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quantumaniac:

Periodic Table Shoes

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quantumaniac:

Periodic Table Shoes

Love. Want. Now. <3 

biocanvas:

A piece of melted metal on silicon—decorated with a dust particle—resembles an Easter bonnet about half the diameter of a human hair.
Image by Qiangfei Xia, Princeton University.

Happy Easter!

biocanvas:

A piece of melted metal on silicon—decorated with a dust particle—resembles an Easter bonnet about half the diameter of a human hair.

Image by Qiangfei Xia, Princeton University.

Happy Easter!