My Experience with Science:


"Science is nothing but rationalisation of the common sense" - Amit Mehndiratta.

This sounds logical but it is not the actual definition of "Science", however probably the most appropriate in defining the ancestry of Science. Word "Science" originates from the Latin word "Scientia" which means "Knowledge" that in turn comes from "Scio" meaning "I know".

As formerly coined "classical science was knowledge that can be logically explained" - Aristotle. It was synonymous to philosophy and we find the two terms interchangeably used in literature. This is quite recently that word "science" was narrowed down to restricted branches of study dealing with phenomena of materialistic universe and laws governing it.

Every person who considers himself to be in the serving of science must have heard the famous saying: "I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all i knew); Theirs names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who" - Rudyard Kipling.

I agree with Mr Kipling on that, although I realised his saying quite late in my career, only when I moved to research from clinical science. I prefer to call his serving men as my six best friends, as they are the honest friends I have who answer all my curiosities. I had only two friends, "what" and "when" while I was in medical school. They taught me what to study for exam and when the exams will be! I got hold of my other four friends only when I moved to research. I realise the most notorious of my friends is "why". The science (as we know science today, not to be confused with classical philosophy) is an observational and experimental study of natural phenomena, it is hardly known "why" the things are the way they are in the universe and "why" the laws governing them are so sturdy that a simple law of motion applies to a moving ball on earth equally good as it applies to a universal heavenly body revolving around an unknown gravitational monster "The Black Hole".

However at the end of the day we all have to accept the fact that nature is much smarter than we expected. I believe its natural laws govern our science rather than what people say, laws governing scientific phenomenon. Our best understood scientific laws somehow are able to model the natural phenomenon in simplified term but things are way more complicated when you try to understand and answer the question "WHY". For the same reason I have restrained myself of using the word "Scientist" anywhere, as we happen to believe the scientist are the one who practice science but irony is, "The game is other way round".

Over the last couple of centuries our knowledge has grown tremendously, but it's the learning curve and we are still on the learning track. The scientific endeavour will see couple of revolutionary ideas ahead as we keep on exploring new things. The understanding has to be improved as:

"Partial knowledge is way more dangerous than complete" - Amit Mehndiratta.