What is science?

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Defining science

 Giddens (1989) notes that

"Science is the use of systematic methods of investigation, theoretical thinking and the logical assessment of arguments, to develop a body of knowledge about a particular subject-matter. 

Scientific work depends upon a mixture of boldly innovative thought and the careful marshalling of evidence to support or falsify [refute] hypotheses and theories.


Information and insights accumulated through scientific study and debate are always to some degree tentative - open to being revised, or even completely discarded, in the light of new evidence or arguments."


"Science" is not a body of knowledge, as


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