Science and Technology Mixing

There have been enormous leaps forward in both science and technology over the last few years, but do the two ever come together? From a laypersons point of view, looking from the outside it is far easier to see how technology could help scientists than the other way around. However, it really depends on what type of science is involved.

Types of Sciences

When we were at school, we were taught that science was either biology, physics or chemistry. In fact, there are hundreds of different sciences, and although many of them may well fit into one of those three categories, there are some that don’t. These days they are referred to and grouped in a different way. There are physical sciences, which includes physics, chemistry and astronomy among others. There are earth sciences, which have geology, oceanography, paleontology and meteorology among its many others, and life sciences for things such as biology, zoology, genetics and medicine.

Then outside of all these there are things like computer sciences. There are so many of them they deserve a category all of their own.

Learning any of them depends on what career you have in mind, but more information is available for students and teachers at

Types of Technology

When people talk about new technology, it is the digital world that first comes to mind. However, there are many different types of technology including electronic, mechanical motor, industrial, manufacturing and many, many more. Just as with the sciences, it does help if you know what career path you want to follow before starting any courses of training. Otherwise, you could end up wasting a lot of time and money.

When the Two Come Together

Science is the art of building and organizing knowledge about nature and the universe. Technology is made up of processes, methods and techniques for the production of goods and services. That is a very basic explanation of them both, but it is not unusual for one to drive the other forwards. For instance, if scientists need a new type of instrument, the technology has to be found to produce them. By the same token, if technology requires research, it can be a scientific investigation that provides the information.

The two are often worked on very closely together, and although throughout history advances have sometimes by made in both by discovering things in error, by working on them in tandem they can be a huge help to each other.

Because of their mutual interactions, they are often grouped together, and you can now complete a degree in science and technology as one subject.

Since the invention of the Internet, many more subjects have become closely related due to the ease of obtaining the information you require. One example of this is the STEAM initiative. Traditionally known as STEM, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Art has now been added to it to create STEAM. All of these subjects are taught in one course, and it appears that employers are well impressed with the students and the qualification.

Science and technology will become even more intertwined as new innovations are developed, and who knows they might one day end up as one, perhaps called something that does not refer to either of their present names.


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