Reasons to love science

  1. Maybe the most obvious reason to love science is to satisfy your natural curiosity about how the universe works. You really are born a scientist and spend much of your early years learning how the world works in an intuitive fashion. Learning since in school just allows you to extend that knowledge with the help of the powerful tools used by scientists such as scientific method, systems of units, mathematical models and more.
  2. Ask any professional scientist why he or she loves science and I'm guessing the he or she will speak of the beautiful simplicity of science. Einstein once marveled about the amazing ability of the human mind to grasp the rules that control the whole universe, and of course this is only possible because the rules are surprisingly simple and fit together in a neat and beautiful way, like a jigsaw puzzle. In fact the 'KISS' principle (Keep it simple, stupid!) is one of the fundamental ideas of science - if there are two possible theories to explain something then prefer the simpler one. There is perhaps an exception to the idea that the basic ideas of science are simple: living things are actually very complex. Now you know why I prefer physics and chemistry to biology!
  3. The world has progressed enormously in the last couple of hundred years largely thanks to the enormous power that science has given to humanity. Our high tech society is built on a foundation of scientific knowledge. You might point out that technological progress has sometimes been accompanied by negative side effects such as global warming or the existence of nuclear weapons, and that is very true, but responsible decision-making and further technological progress can solve these problems.
  4. A main reason to attend school is to learn to think better, and science can certainly help with this. Scientists use objective, inquisitive, logical thinking which is at the same time creative - experiments allow us to discover facts about the universe but the theories that make sense of these facts are created, not discovered.
  5. Science obviously has a significant mathematical component, since it turns out that the rules that govern the universe can often be best expressed as mathematical equations. Therefore by studying science you will get practice using mathematics, and the maths you have learnt in math class will become more meaningful and useful.
  6. Science was created by some of the greatest minds that have ever lived (Newton, Galileo, Einstein ...) and the study of the history of science can be satisfying in its own right.
  7. You can't deny that today's high tech human society is based on a knowledge of science, so learning about science is a vital part of a balanced education. Therefore success in science will help you graduate from high school, and then university, and with a solid education behind you you can expect to have a satisfying and well-paid career.