Name: janette l gubala
Where did science actually originate?
Okay, to answer you question, it all depends on what you mean
by "science." If you mean simply being inquisitive and testing
the world around you to find out what you can and can't do, then
"science" originated with the emergence of the first intelligent
life forms on the planet. Through trial and error, these creatures
lived their lives from day to day, learning what they needed to
survive and gaining new knowledge every day from new things
they tried to do (or get away with), often passing on this
information to others of their kind in one way or another.
If, however, you mean the modern scientific method, that of
observing natural phenomena, formulating a hypothesis about
it, testing that hypothesis with experiments, collecting data,
and then theorizing about the phenomena based of the information
you've gathered and the tests you've conducted, then I'd have
to say that true science originated separately with the Greeks
and the Chinese -- both these cultures used what we now know
as the scientific method to discover new ways of doing things,
and how the world around them actually worked.
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