What is Science?Josef Essberger
[1:40-2:12] Science is more than a body of knowledge. It’s a way of thinking. A way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If, if we are not able to ask skepticle questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority – then we’re up for grabs for the next charlatan, political or religious, who comes ambling along.
- skeptical (adjective): not easily convinced
- interrogate (verb): to ask detailed questions of (someone)
- fallibility (noun): tendency to make mistakes or be wrong
- up for grabs (expression): available
- charlatan (noun): a person who claims to have special knowledge or skill
- amble (verb): to walk at a slow and relaxed pace
Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996) was a celebrated American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator.
What do you think about science? Do you agree with Carl Sagan? Please leave your ideas in Comments below…
By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub September 2021
Josef started teaching English as a foreign language in 1991 and founded EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997.
Mauricio Mahecha says:
Great astronomer and communicator in TV ’70s remember me enfant
The King Of Love From IRAN says:
Thank you for sharing it with us,
Diego Dmitry says:
I totally agree with him.
Americo Serrano says:
Science is the study of the nature and behavior of natural things and the knowledge that we obtain about them. … A science is a particular branch of science such as physics, chemistry, or biology. Physics is the best example of a science which has developed strong, abstract theories.
Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, writer and popularizer of science. He was initially an associate professor at Harvard University and later a senior professor at Cornell University. Wikipedia
Born: November 9, 1934, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Deceased: December 20, 1996, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Spouse: Ann Druyan (died 1981–1996), Linda Salzman Sagan (died 1968–1981), Lynn Margulis (died 1957–1964)
Children : Sasha Sagan , Nick Sagan , Dorion Sagan , Samuel Sagan , Jeremy Sagan
Parents: Rachel Molly Gruber, Samuel Sagan