natural science


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natural science

n.
A science, such as biology, chemistry, or physics, that deals with the objects, phenomena, or laws of nature and the physical world.

natural scientist n.

natural science

n
1. the sciences collectively that are involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena, including biology, physics, chemistry, and geology, but excluding social sciences, abstract or theoretical sciences, such as mathematics, and applied sciences
2. any one of these sciences
natural scientist n

nat′ural sci′ence


n.
a science or knowledge of objects or processes observable in nature, as biology, physics, chemistry, and geology.
[1350–1400]
nat′ural sci′entist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.natural science - the sciences involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomenanatural science - the sciences involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena
science, scientific discipline - a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"
bioscience, life science - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
physical science, physics - the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something; "he studied the physics of radiation"
earth science - any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
cosmography - the science that maps the general features of the universe; describes both heaven and earth (but without encroaching on geography or astronomy)
Translations
přírodní věda
NaturphilosophieNaturwissenschaft
प्राकृतिक विज्ञान
természettudomány
naturvetenskap
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Even when a treatise on medicine or natural science is brought out in verse, the name of poet is by custom given to the author; and yet Homer and Empedocles have nothing in common but the metre, so that it would be right to call the one poet, the other physicist rather than poet.
Levin had come across the magazine articles about which they were disputing, and had read them, interested in them as a development of the first principles of science, familiar to him as a natural science student at the university.
"I have never before experienced such a trial of the nervous system; there was a moment, I acknowledge, when the fortiter in re faltered before so terrible an enemy; but the love of natural science bore me up, and brought me off in triumph!"
But Bacon's most important work, as we have already implied, was not in the field of pure literature but in the general advancement of knowledge, particularly knowledge of natural science; and of this great service we must speak briefly.
As a child I had not been content with the results promised by the modern professors of natural science. With a confusion of ideas only to be accounted for by my extreme youth and my want of a guide on such matters, I had retrod the steps of knowledge along the paths of time and exchanged the discoveries of recent inquirers for the dreams of forgotten alchemists.
In natural science, I have understood, there is nothing petty to the mind that has a large vision of relations, and to which every single object suggests a vast sum of conditions.
Why, of course, the laws of nature, the deductions of natural science, mathematics.
All the rest of the furniture indicated that the dweller in this house occupied himself with the study of natural science. There were large bottles filled with serpents, ticketed according to their species; dried lizards shone like emeralds set in great squares of black wood, and bunches of wild odoriferous herbs, doubtless possessed of virtues unknown to common men, were fastened to the ceiling and hung down in the corners of the apartment.
If you chance to be an alumnus of Cornell you may recall Professor Arthur Maxon, a quiet, slender, white-haired gentleman, who for several years was an assistant professor in one of the departments of natural science. Wealthy by inheritance, he had chosen the field of education for his life work solely from a desire to be of some material benefit to mankind since the meager salary which accompanied his professorship was not of sufficient import to influence him in the slightest degree.
At Cambridge he had spent a great deal of his time working in the laboratory, and had taken a good class in the Natural Science Tripos of his year.
He who can read Sir Charles Lyell's grand work on the Principles of Geology, which the future historian will recognise as having produced a revolution in natural science, yet does not admit how incomprehensibly vast have been the past periods of time, may at once close this volume.
They do not see that the role of the natural sciences in this matter is merely to serve as an instrument for the illumination of one side of it.

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