Science is a method. It’s a way of doing things so that you can understand the world around you, process evidence and form a valid conclusion.
In science we do the following:
1. We look at something and wonder why it is the way it is.
2. We come up with a theory that explains it
3. We test the theory, then…
-3a. If we find evidence that the theory is wrong it’s back to step 2 (we need a new theory)
-3b. If we find evidence that supports the theory we can be more certain that we are correct
Science is important because not just researching, but also living this way, means you are always seeking the truth, and not just believing some made up nonsense. I don’t do science; I live science. I’m always asking questions, I’m always looking at things and asking is that really how it works?.
We all use science all the time. Say you were at the shops, if you totted up your shopping to £20 but the guy at the checkout said £30 (you have some conflicting evidence, one price is wrong); you’d ask questions, you’d check your own working and when you find the item on the receipt that was incorrectly priced you can form the conclusion that the shop is wrong. You now have you proof and you can challenge the shop at customers services. This is the scientific method.
Science explains so much about the natural world. I think it’s wonderful to be able to look at a rainbow and understand that refraction of light through water has produced this beautiful thing, for instance.