Very few students have really any clear idea of what science means. The teaching of science in school tends to obscure the meaning of science when pupils at school work for a pass in science subject they regard it their main business to learn a large number of facts and a smaller number of principles and theories. Now all this is good in its way. A scientist must have a certain number of facts, principles and theories at his finger tips. But science would cease to be science if scientist merely worked from fixed sets of facts and theories. The essence of science is the gathering of new facts and establishment of new theories. Science has advanced rapidly in recent history because scientist have been greedy for the new knowledge, and because they have been so ready to disbelieve in text book for their youth.
It is,therefore, most important to give our young students of science an awareness of skepticism and open-mindedness that is part of the very soul of science. Let them not thing that any branch of science is a subject that one can sit down and learn.Let them realize that science is essentially a creative activity.