Science isn't just facts and figures. Science is about exploring, discovery, and understanding our world. Sure, a scientist needs to know a lot about what they study, but very few do it because they like to be a walking encyclopedia. Most people get into science because they get to spend their time studying something they think is wonderful, or because of the cool things their knowledge allows them to do, or because it helps them with a problem they think is important. Of course, some of them just like solving puzzles, and finding new things in science means solving some of the hardest puzzles in the world.
So, let's look at some of the cool things that scientists study.
There are many ways of dividing up what scientists do. No matter how you do it, each section will have smaller sections inside it. There is a lot to study in our world, and nobody can come close to knowing it all. This site divides science up in a way we think is easy to understand, but you should know that there are many other ways to do it.
The picture below represents the main areas of science. Click on the areas to learn more about each area.
With so many areas, science covers almost everything. So what is so special about science? What makes it different? Why is one thing science, and another thing not science? It is certainly not what the thing is about, because science is about nearly everything. The thing that makes science what it is, is that you have to demonstrate that something is true (usually many times) before it can be considered science. Not only do you have to show that it is true, you have to tell other scientists how they can prove to themselves that it is true. That's harder than it sounds. Science has seen a lot of fakes and mistakes, so scientists are very careful to make sure there are no other explanations.
Remember, it is not just about what you know. It is also about what you do with what you know.
Many of the people who work in science today are "applied scientists". Their job isn't to find new knowledge. Instead it is to put scientific knowledge to work. Medical Doctors take what science has learned about the human body and use it to help people live longer, healthier lives. Engineers take what science has learned about the things around us and use it to create new devices, new structures, and even new ways of doing things.
Science is everywhere you look. We are in a time where science knows at least little bit about nearly everything. So, come on! What excites you? I bet science knows something about it! What do you want to know?