Science is under siege these days. Some politicians proudly proclaim that evolution is just a theory and that climate change is a conspiracy among scientists. Health gurus advocate homeopathy or “natural” remedies rather than modern medicine. Parents ignore the advice of doctors and experts and refuse to vaccinate their children against deadly diseases. People who are quite happy to reap the benefits of science—new medical treatments, for example, or sci-fi-like technological devices—advocate for schools to teach religion in science class.
And so I think it’s time for the rest of us to speak up. Let’s explain what it is about science that satisfies us, how science improves our world and why it’s better than superstition. To that end, I’m starting a new series here on Surprising Science: Why I Like Science. In coming months, I’ll ask scientists, writers, musicians and others to weigh in on the topic. And I’m also asking you, the readers, why you like science. If you’d like to participate, send a 200- to 500-word essay to WhyILikeScience@gmail.com; I’ll publish the best.
And to start us off, here’s why I like science:
When we are little, we ask “why.” “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do balls fall down and not up?” “Why can’t my fish live outside water?” Good parents root their answers in science. The sky is blue due to the way light is scattered in the atmosphere. Balls fall down because of gravity. Your fish doesn’t have lungs, and gills only work in water.
But science doesn’t just give us answers to the why’s of our childhoods; it gives us the tools we need to keep answering them as we grow up.
Science is the tool I use to understand the world around me. It provides logic and sense and order in what might otherwise seem chaotic. And though the answer to the why’s of my adulthood may sometimes be “we don’t know,” it’s really just “we don’t know yet”—the answer will eventually be found, with science.
And then there’s the act of finding those answers, putting the methods of science into action, that I find more fascinating than any bit of fiction. There are astronomers who use telescopes to peer back in time. Biologists who discover new species in both familiar and faraway places and struggle to figure out how to save others from extinction. Even a non-scientist sitting at a computer can help to solve molecular structures, hunt for planets or decipher ancient Egyptian texts during lunch break. Science is often, simply, fun.
Science is also the light that keeps us out of the dark ages. It may not solve all of our problems, but it usually shows us the path to the solutions. And the more we know, the more questions we find. It’s a never-ending search for answers that will continue for as long as the human race exists. And guaranteed satisfaction for the little girl inside me, the one that still asks “why.”
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About Sarah Zielinski
Every student has his like and dislike for a subject. Favourite subject like science has the highest liking vote of the students. It is because of its logical sense.
We human being are the best creation of the God. And almighty has made this universe very much scientific. Actually scientific word tag is attached by us, but God has already made the universe religiously logical, usable and beneficial for us. At the same time he also blessed us with a powerful tool like intelligence to extract more from the surroundings for the welfare of humanity. This explanation is nothing but science.
In general sense we love to engage ourselves. Friends, school, study and playing are the best opportunities in our early life to enrich our early time interesting and entertaining. Study takes the major part of our daily life. It can be easily noticed that few students frequently used to read their favourite subjects because they get interest from the subject. I also get much satisfaction in reading science subject. I never miss science class. It is as much entertaining for me that I do not apply more effort for science and I score always highest in this subject. It also reflect that I am very much curious in nature and therefore this subject naturally attract me. I have hate relationship with few other subjects like history, geography etc. I have to read these forcefully to keep up my percentage marks at best. In lower classes I scored less, but at harder time I came up strongly with science subject ; which rewarded me much to rank in the class. This was very much satisfactory for my parents as they needed me to score high in math and science. Now I do fun with my study as I got my favourite subjects thereby leaving burden of my disliked subjects. It doesn't mean that I was blind towards other subjects but I scored satisfactorily in those and strongly in science subjects to stand up with full strength in higher classes.
I like to read theories and related proof. I choose to the questions that has sum to get full marks. I find it very easy to solve the sum of science. I think the science is the real solution of human beings. The benefit of science made it very much popular. Now we solve our social problem in scientific way. This approach gave the new branch of studies like social science and social technologies.