Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports
1 The Nature of Science
The Scientific Enterprise
For Grades: 9-12
Learning Goal 2
Progress in science and invention depends heavily on what else is happening in society.
Learning Goal 3
History often involves scientific and technological developments.
Learning Goal 4
Science disciplines differ from one another in what is studied, techniques used, and outcomes sought, but they share a common purpose and philosophy, and all are part of the same scientific enterprise. Although each discipline provides a conceptual structure for organizing and pursuing knowledge, many problems are studied by scientists using information and skills from many disciplines. Disciplines do not have fixed boundaries, and it happens that new scientific disciplines are being formed where existing ones meet and that some subdisciplines spin off to become new disciplines in their own right.