Some of you may think that science is just a subject in school, but it is really
a lot more. According to my dictionary, it means several things:
"The state of knowing: knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or
"A department of systematized knowledge as an object of study."
"Something (as a sport or technique) that may be studied or learned
like systematized knowledge."
"Knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the
operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific
"Such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the physical
world and its phenomena."
"A system or method reconciling practical ends with scientific laws."
My science teacher gave me his own definition. He said that science was basically
studying things. It is asking questions and trying to find the answers to
As soon as I heard that, it reminded me of Whyville. Hearing his definition
made me think that, no matter what you are learning while playing one of the
games here on Whyville, you are learning science.
Although science may not be my favorite subject in school, it is still important
Now, if science is about finding answers to questions, then without science
you probably wouldn't be reading this right now. You wouldn't have asked, 'How
can I learn to read?' or 'What do those scribbles on that paper mean?' Scientists
wouldn't have figured out how to make computers or any of the other technology
we think of as ordinary.
Just thinking about what our lives would be like without science gives me the
Going to find a blanket,
Author's Note: Thank you to http://www.m-w.com/ for the definitions.
Editor's Note: And thank you to your science teacher -- he
just defined the meaning of Whyville and the Whyville Way. :-D