Let’s celebrate science!
The series of events celebrating the Day of Hungarian Sciences are being held between 3rd and 30th November all over the country. The event that is organised by the Academy has been calling people’s attention to the values of Hungarian sciences, its significance and results. The research centres welcome those interested in the newest results of science with open doors and free talks and programmes.
The science that surrounds us. The focus topic and title of the Hungarian Science Festival 2013 is “The Science that lives with us”. This year, knowledge produced through applied, targeted or, in a different word, ’used’ science is in the limelight. The talks and programmes demonstrate those researches that offer targeted solutions and improvements for our social and economic needs. This is not by accident, since the majority of our objects that are indispensable for the functionality of our everyday lives are the results of scientific research and development. The mobile phones that are indispensable devices in today’s world, the excellent computers, the financial systems, programmes and complicated processes, the mechanisms used in the taking off of passenger flights, the frying pan made of polytetrafluoroethylene that we use for making scrambled eggs for breakfast are all the outcomes of the work of scientists. What would become of the world without science? How would people find solutions for preventing diseases, find answers for the mysteries of thousands of years old archaeological and historic puzzles? Without science, how could technical development make our lives safer and protect our environment? From the observation of the stars to the analysis of atoms, from Physics to Art History, from the storage of nuclear waste to the questions of humanities – everything belongs to the different fields of science.
And this has to be celebrated once a year. Once a year we must pay attention to those results that were born for us in the depth of laboratories and behind the doors of research centres. Once a year, it is nice to devote time to those people who serve us and the development with their work. Science surrounds us. Whether we know it or not, we are all consumers of the results of scientific research. At the Festival of Hungarian Science, those who visited some of the many programmes could get to know the certain research areas in a clear, exciting and informative way through interactive lab visits, lectures and professional demonstrations. With the help of the Guide@Hand free smart phone application that was developed by MTA SZTAKI, the visitors can get information about the events of the research centres of the capital.
Science in a nutshell. Science is an activity aimed at getting to know the world around us and the sum total of the knowledge gained through these activities. The activities must be repeatable by anybody and all in all, they must lead to the same results like previous research in order for it to be called a scientific result. The results of science are universal. The fields that qualify as science are the Humanities, Theology, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and the Arts, which all can be subdivided into disciplines. In today’s use of the word science, as an activity it only refers to those forms of gaining knowledge that are carried out based on a given scientific method.
Written by Veronika Szőnyi
Translated by Judit Molnár