The Science Council's definition of science
The Science Council has ‘’science’ in its name but had not previously clarified what this actually meant. In addition to developing a better understanding of what types of organisations might become member bodies, it was felt that the recent inclusion of the advancement of science as a charitable activity in the 2006 Charities Act suggested that in that context a definition would be useful; and finally, the Science Council agreed that it wanted to be clearer when it talked about sound science and science based policy what it was actually describing.
When we looked into this we found that definitions of science were not readily available, and were not easily accessible on the Internet.
“Because 'science' denotes such a very wide range of activities a definition of it needs to be general; it certainly needs to cover investigation of the social as well as natural worlds; it needs the words “systematic” and “evidence”; and it needs to be simple and short. The definition succeeds in all these respects admirably, and I applaud it therefore”
Read the full article in The Guardian Science Blog (4th March 2009)
We would welcome feedback and comments on our definition.
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