3rd century BC Greek mathematician Euclid (holding calipers), as imagined by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens (1509–1511)
Chronology of the universe as deduced by the prevailing Big Bang theory, a result from science and obtained knowledge
The distribution of prime numbers is a central point of study in number theory. This Ulam spiral serves to illustrate it, hinting, in particular, at the conditional independence between being prime and being a value of certain quadratic polynomials.
The first diagram of an evolutionary tree made by Charles Darwin in 1837
The quadratic formula expresses concisely the solutions of all quadratic equations
First global view of the ozone hole in 1983, using a space telescope
Rubik's cube: the study of its possible moves is a concrete application of group theory
Radio light image of M87* black hole, made by the earth-spanning Event Horizon Telescope array in 2019
The Babylonian mathematical tablet Plimpton 322, dated to 1800 BC.
Supply and demand curve in economics, crossing over at the optimal equilibrium
Archimedes used the method of exhaustion, depicted here, to approximate the value of pi.
A steam turbine with the case opened, such turbines produce most of the electricity used today
The numerals used in the Bakhshali manuscript, dated between the 2nd century BC and the 2nd century AD.
A diagram variant of scientific method represented as an ongoing process
A page from al-Khwārizmī's Algebra
Cover of the first issue of Nature, 4 November 1869
Leonardo Fibonacci, the Italian mathematician who introduced the Hindu–Arabic numeral system invented between the 1st and 4th centuries by Indian mathematicians, to the Western World.
For Kuhn, the addition of epicycles in Ptolemaic astronomy was "normal science" within a paradigm, whereas the Copernican revolution was a paradigm shift.
Leonhard Euler created and popularized much of the mathematical notation used today.
Marie Curie was the first person to be awarded two Nobel Prizes: Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911.
Carl Friedrich Gauss, known as the prince of mathematicians
Picture of scientists in 200th anniversary of the Prussian Academy of Sciences, 1900
The front side of the Fields Medal
Medal of the Nobel Prize, one of the most well-known science awards
Budget of NASA as percentage of United States federal budget, peaking at 4.4% in 1966 and slowly decline since
Dinosaur exhibit in the Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Euler's identity, which American physicist Richard Feynman once called "the most remarkable formula in mathematics".

Their contributions to mathematics, astronomy, and medicine entered and shaped Greek natural philosophy of classical antiquity, whereby formal attempts were made to provide explanations of events in the physical world based on natural causes.

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Mathematics is widely used in science for modeling phenomena.

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3rd century BC Greek mathematician Euclid (holding calipers), as imagined by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens (1509–1511)

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Various examples of physical phenomena

Physics

Natural science that studies matter, its fundamental constituents, its motion and behavior through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force.

Natural science that studies matter, its fundamental constituents, its motion and behavior through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force.

Various examples of physical phenomena
Ancient Egyptian astronomy is evident in monuments like the ceiling of Senemut's tomb from the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt.
Ibn al-Haytham (c. 965–c. 1040), Book of Optics Book I, [6.85], [6.86]. Book II, [3.80] describes his camera obscura experiments.
The basic way a pinhole camera works
Galileo Galilei showed a modern appreciation for the proper relationship between mathematics, theoretical physics, and experimental physics.
Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727), whose laws of motion and universal gravitation were major milestones in classical physics
Max Planck (1858–1947), the originator of the theory of quantum mechanics
Albert Einstein (1879–1955), whose work on the photoelectric effect and the theory of relativity led to a revolution in 20th century physics
The basic domains of physics
Solvay Conference of 1927, with prominent physicists such as Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Max Planck, Hendrik Lorentz, Niels Bohr, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger and Paul Dirac
This parabola-shaped lava flow illustrates the application of mathematics in physics—in this case, Galileo's law of falling bodies.
Mathematics and ontology are used in physics. Physics is used in chemistry and cosmology.
The distinction between mathematics and physics is clear-cut, but not always obvious, especially in mathematical physics.
Classical physics implemented in an acoustic engineering model of sound reflecting from an acoustic diffuser
Archimedes' screw, a simple machine for lifting
Experiment using a laser
The astronaut and Earth are both in free fall.
Lightning is an electric current.
Physics involves modeling the natural world with theory, usually quantitative. Here, the path of a particle is modeled with the mathematics of calculus to explain its behavior: the purview of the branch of physics known as mechanics.
A simulated event in the CMS detector of the Large Hadron Collider, featuring a possible appearance of the Higgs boson.
Velocity-distribution data of a gas of rubidium atoms, confirming the discovery of a new phase of matter, the Bose–Einstein condensate
The deepest visible-light image of the universe, the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field
Feynman diagram signed by R. P. Feynman.
A typical phenomenon described by physics: a magnet levitating above a superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect.

Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, with its main goal being to understand how the universe behaves.

Over much of the past two millennia, physics, chemistry, biology, and certain branches of mathematics were a part of natural philosophy, but during the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century these natural sciences emerged as unique research endeavors in their own right.

An angel carrying the banner of "Truth", Roslin, Midlothian

Axiom

Statement that is taken to be true, to serve as a premise or starting point for further reasoning and arguments.

Statement that is taken to be true, to serve as a premise or starting point for further reasoning and arguments.

An angel carrying the banner of "Truth", Roslin, Midlothian

As used in mathematics, the term axiom is used in two related but distinguishable senses: "logical axioms" and "non-logical axioms".

The ancient Greeks considered geometry as just one of several sciences, and held the theorems of geometry on par with scientific facts.

Archimedes used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under a parabola.

Calculus

Archimedes used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under a parabola.
Alhazen, 11th-century Arab mathematician and physicist
Isaac Newton developed the use of calculus in his laws of motion and gravitation.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was the first to state clearly the rules of calculus.
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
The logarithmic spiral of the Nautilus shell is a classical image used to depict the growth and change related to calculus.

Calculus, originally called infinitesimal calculus or "the calculus of infinitesimals", is the mathematical study of continuous change, in the same way that geometry is the study of shape, and algebra is the study of generalizations of arithmetic operations.

Today, calculus has widespread uses in science, engineering, and social science.

The InSight lander with solar panels deployed in a cleanroom

Engineering

Use of scientific principles to design and build machines, structures, and other items, including bridges, tunnels, roads, vehicles, and buildings.

Use of scientific principles to design and build machines, structures, and other items, including bridges, tunnels, roads, vehicles, and buildings.

The InSight lander with solar panels deployed in a cleanroom
The steam engine, the major driver in the Industrial Revolution, underscores the importance of engineering in modern history. This beam engine is on display in the Technical University of Madrid.
Relief map of the Citadel of Lille, designed in 1668 by Vauban, the foremost military engineer of his age.
The Ancient Romans built aqueducts to bring a steady supply of clean and fresh water to cities and towns in the empire.
A water-powered mine hoist used for raising ore, ca. 1556
The application of the steam engine allowed coke to be substituted for charcoal in iron making, lowering the cost of iron, which provided engineers with a new material for building bridges. This bridge was made of cast iron, which was soon displaced by less brittle wrought iron as a structural material
Jumbo Jet
Offshore platform, Gulf of Mexico
The solar furnace at Odeillo in the Pyrénées-Orientales in France can reach temperatures up to 3500 C
Hoover Dam
Electric motor
Design of a turbine requires collaboration of engineers from many fields, as the system involves mechanical, electro-magnetic and chemical processes. The blades, rotor and stator as well as the steam cycle all need to be carefully designed and optimized.
A drawing for a booster engine for steam locomotives. Engineering is applied to design, with emphasis on function and the utilization of mathematics and science.
A computer simulation of high velocity air flow around a Space Shuttle orbiter during re-entry. Solutions to the flow require modelling of the combined effects of fluid flow and the heat equations.
Graphic representation of a minute fraction of the WWW, demonstrating hyperlinks
Robotic Kismet can produce a range of facial expressions.
Radar, GPS, lidar, ... are all combined to provide proper navigation and obstacle avoidance (vehicle developed for 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge)
Engineers, scientists and technicians at work on target positioner inside National Ignition Facility (NIF) target chamber
The International Space Station is used to conduct science experiments in space
A 3 tesla clinical MRI scanner.
Genetically engineered mice expressing green fluorescent protein, which glows green under blue light. The central mouse is wild-type.
Leonardo da Vinci, seen here in a self-portrait, has been described as the epitome of the artist/engineer. He is also known for his studies on human anatomy and physiology.

Engineers use their knowledge of science, mathematics, logic, economics, and appropriate experience or tacit knowledge to find suitable solutions to a particular problem.

Onion (Allium) cells in different phases of the cell cycle. Growth in an 'organism' is carefully controlled by regulating the cell cycle.

Natural science

Onion (Allium) cells in different phases of the cell cycle. Growth in an 'organism' is carefully controlled by regulating the cell cycle.
This structural formula for molecule caffeine shows a graphical representation of how the atoms are arranged.
The orbitals of the hydrogen atom are descriptions of the probability distributions of an electron bound to a proton. Their mathematical descriptions are standard problems in quantum mechanics, an important branch of physics.
Uncrewed and crewed spacecraft missions have been used to image distant locations within the Solar System, such as this Apollo 11 view of Daedalus crater on the far side of the Moon.
The materials paradigm represented as a tetrahedron
Aristotle's view of inheritance, as a model of the transmission of patterns of movement of the body fluids from parents to child, and of Aristotelian form from the father.
Plato (left) and Aristotle in a 1509 painting by Raphael. Plato rejected inquiry into natural philosophy as against religion, while his student, Aristotle, created a body of work on the natural world that influenced generations of scholars.
Isaac Newton is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time.
The Michelson–Morley experiment was used to disprove that light propagated through a luminiferous aether. This 19th-century concept was then superseded by Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity.

Natural science is one of the branches of science concerned with the description, understanding and prediction of natural phenomena, based on empirical evidence from observation and experimentation.

As empirical sciences, natural sciences use tools from the formal sciences, such as mathematics and logic, converting information about nature into measurements which can be explained as clear statements of the "laws of nature".

Argument terminology used in logic

Logic

Study of correct reasoning or good arguments.

Study of correct reasoning or good arguments.

Argument terminology used in logic
Aristotle, 384–322 BCE.
A depiction from the 15th century of the square of opposition, which expresses the fundamental dualities of syllogistic.

Logic is studied in and applied to various fields, such as philosophy, mathematics, computer science, and linguistics.

Ampliative reasoning is of central importance since a lot of the arguments found in everyday discourse and the sciences are ampliative.

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Conjecture

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A four-coloring of a map of the states of the United States (ignoring lakes).

In mathematics, a conjecture is a conclusion or a proposition that is proffered on a tentative basis without proof.

Conjecture is related to hypothesis, which in science refers to a testable conjecture.

The normal distribution, a very common probability density, useful because of the central limit theorem.

Statistics

Discipline that concerns the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data.

Discipline that concerns the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data.

The normal distribution, a very common probability density, useful because of the central limit theorem.
Scatter plots are used in descriptive statistics to show the observed relationships between different variables, here using the Iris flower data set.
Gerolamo Cardano, a pioneer on the mathematics of probability.
Karl Pearson, a founder of mathematical statistics.
A least squares fit: in red the points to be fitted, in blue the fitted line.
Confidence intervals: the red line is true value for the mean in this example, the blue lines are random confidence intervals for 100 realizations.
In this graph the black line is probability distribution for the test statistic, the critical region is the set of values to the right of the observed data point (observed value of the test statistic) and the p-value is represented by the green area.
The confounding variable problem: X and Y may be correlated, not because there is causal relationship between them, but because both depend on a third variable Z. Z is called a confounding factor.
gretl, an example of an open source statistical package

Statistics is a mathematical body of science that pertains to the collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation, and presentation of data, or as a branch of mathematics.

Lydia Denworth, "A Significant Problem: Standard scientific methods are under fire. Will anything change?", Scientific American, vol. 321, no. 4 (October 2019), pp. 62–67. "The use of p values for nearly a century [since 1925] to determine statistical significance of experimental results has contributed to an illusion of certainty and [to] reproducibility crises in many scientific fields. There is growing determination to reform statistical analysis... Some [researchers] suggest changing statistical methods, whereas others would do away with a threshold for defining "significant" results." (p. 63.)

Los portadores de la antorcha (The Torch-Bearers) – Sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington symbolizing the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next (Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain)

Knowledge

Familiarity or awareness, of someone or something, such as facts , skills (procedural knowledge), or objects (acquaintance knowledge), often contributing to understanding.

Familiarity or awareness, of someone or something, such as facts , skills (procedural knowledge), or objects (acquaintance knowledge), often contributing to understanding.

Los portadores de la antorcha (The Torch-Bearers) – Sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington symbolizing the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next (Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain)
Sir Francis Bacon, "Knowledge is Power"
The parable of the blind men and the elephant suggests that people tend to project their partial experiences as the whole truth

Science tries to acquire knowledge using the scientific method, which is based on repeatable experimentation, observation, and measurement.

Some of the abilities responsible for know-how may also involve certain forms of knowledge-that, as in knowing how to prove a mathematical theorem.