Describing science

By Grant Jacobs 19/02/2013

Michael has a post just up with a lovely definition of science, in part authored by Alison (see the comments that follows Michael’s post).

To extend on what Michael has started, here’s a graphical description of how science works that I saw recently:

(Source: Copyright: 2008, The University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, and the Regents of the University of California.)

I like the text description Michael has highlighted; perhaps this graphic can complement that by providing a way to explore and talk about aspects of science that the text description raises.

The graphic is part of an outreach program, with a by-line of ‘Understanding how science really works’, that looks worth exploring for those interested in outreach.


I’d usually offer a hat-tip here, but I’ll freely admit I’ve lost track of what blog I saw this graphic on.

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