Science Experiment

Science is Everywhere

Science is much more than a subject in school or a career path. It is some that everyone participates in whether they mean to or not. Science may not be your forte but you are still a scientist.

According to the Meriam-Webster’s dictionary, science can be defined as: “a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study <the science of theology>”.  Basically, it is something you learn with a method. The example given is theology, something normally thought as being the complete opposite of science.

If theology, something learned through a method, can be a science why can’t other things? A painter is a scientist. They must know which colors to mix in certain proportions in order to get the color they want. A dancer must know exactly how to control and shape their bodies in order to execute the dance move correctly. A musician must know how hard to play at the right volume and timing or else the piece is not the same.

How do each of these artists know how to do these things? Through lots and lots of learning in a systematic way. A painter wouldn’t go from stick figures to the Mona Lisa if they wanted to be successful. A dancer wouldn’t try an acrobatic routine if they hadn’t mastered a simple leap. A musician wouldn’t go from playing hot crossed buns to Sorabji’s Opus Clavicembalisticum.

Art is as much as a science as science is an art. Everything around us has some form of science in it. Even NASCAR drivers have to learn the science behind racing in order to avoid a crash as best as possible. Farmers need to know how to handle different pH levels in their soil, which they learn in a systematic way.

We need to stop treating science as such a specialized and distant thing. Just like math is everywhere, science is too. You don’t have to pass biology or thermochemistry or physics in order to understand your form of science. But, whether you like it or not, science is everywhere.


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