comes from Latin scientia
, "knowledge", and can mean:
- Observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of the physical world and its phenomena.
- Knowledge; knowledge of principles and causes; ascertained truth of facts.
- Any branch or department of systematized knowledge considered as a distinct field of investigation or object of study; as, the science of astronomy, of chemistry, or of mind.
In fantasy terms, science is often compared and contrasted to magic.