Over many centuries, the definitions of Science, Technology and Society have constantly changed. For  this reflection, I will be focusing on the nature of scientific theory and how that ties in to our understanding of science.

Understanding what science is starts with a short lesson in philosophy. Simply speaking, according to Karl Popper’s philosophical montra, science is an attempt to answer essential questions regarding the nature of reality. But how can we tell science apart from non-science or nonsense? According to Popper, falsifiability, refutability or testability are the criterion of scientific truth. Science is both a process and a multi-faceted tool of knowledge. It allows us to link isolated facts into coherent theories supported by the majority of the community.

 

 

 

 

Works cited:

Karl Popper, selections from “Science: Conjectures and Refutations,” in Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (London: Routledge 1963), pp. 33-39.