Science; to some, it means exciting experiments and the pursuit of knowledge. For others, it means boring lectures and doodling in class. But science is one of the most important academic fields. It is not, as many seem to think, only for old men in white coats. Knowledge of science is essential for understanding how modern technology works, and its ever-changing status makes it an exciting and relevant subject to study.
Science is ‘the study of the world around us’. It is essential for understanding how the world works, and why things function as they do. It teaches essential life skills; it teaches you to question things and pursue knowledge. Modern science has its roots in the European Renaissance of the 15thcentury, when great minds were able to break out of the dogmatic restraints of the religious order of the time. Da Vinci’s discovery of what would come to be named ‘cholesterol’ sparked the pursuit of understanding of how the body ages and dies. Copernicus’s discovery of celestial orbits has continued to influence and inform scientists even now, as mankind begins to explore outside the stratosphere. These early, and seemingly small discoveries, have had effects and repercussions to this very day. Science is made up by the small discoveries of great men and women. And it hasn’t stopped developing.
Science is also a major industry in all developed and developing countries. In the past century huge steps have been made in scientific and technological fields, vastly more than the rest of human history combined. These advances have led to communication, world travel and medical advances like never before.This has meant that the scientific industries have become major employers. And as Cambodia continues to develop and progress, careers in the scientific industries promise to be a sure fire way for young Cambodian children to find well-paid and exciting jobs when they grow up. Studying science in school is the most direct way to learn, but for children, simply playing outside or examining their environment can be even more informative. Children are inquisitive by nature, and are intrigued by how leaves work, how puddles become clouds, and how telephones connect across continents.
In the words of a great modern scientist, ‘the instruments for managing our universe were once magic and prayer; they are now science and technology’.