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Answers:Science is an activity of man directed at understanding the natural world and the rules that govern its workings. Science never has any eternal truths. Science is never finished with any subject of its investigation. Science is really: Truth Without Certainty. Science can be done in many ways but a particularly successful method was developed about mid second millennium CE that involved certain defined steps. These steps are: 1. Use your experience to help you characterize the problem. 2. Form a conjecture (or hypothesis) that explains the observations and measurements of the subject. 3. Deduce a prediction from that explanation (reasoning including logical deduction from the hypothesis). 4. Test - conduct experiments that test the predictions. 5. Publish and subject the above to the scrutiny of your scientific peers. This method took many, many years to formulate. There is a general misunderstanding about just what constitutes a theory. First off there is no such thing as a "Law" in science. The word law is used causally to denote a theory that has had unusually thorough verification. There are NO theories that are above further investigation, study and additional verification and modification or rejection if necessary. There are no "Laws" in science. The word "theory" has several meanings. The common meaning used by the general public is that of a "guess" or "opinion." You could say, "It is my theory that the CIA ordered Kennedy's assignation." or "It is my guess/opinion that the CIA ordered Kennedy's assignation." It is important to point out here that a scientific theory is not a guess or opinion as the word theory is used by the general public. A scientific theory is an overall unifying principal that seeks to explain seemingly disconnected phenomena under a single simple concept. As such a theory is the highest form of knowledge about the universe because it explains not just one isolated part of the natural world but it ties together observations that may not seem to be connected under a single unifying principle. Finally the ultimate aim of science is to understand the natural world we live in. Let me state that more forcefully. Science has absolutely no aim, goal, agenda, hidden program beyond- "to know." That doesn't mean there are always pure motives exhibited by the people who populate science because science is conducted by mere mortals who are fallible.
Answers:1. oceanography 2. geology 3. meteorology 4. astronomy 5. glaciology i don't know if environmental science is included
Answers:the four branches are connected in a way because they all have to do with earth and where earth is located.(in space) Geology helps understand the past because if you look at rocks or canyons they have "clues" on or around them to show what happened in the past by there texture, shape, and conditon.
Answers:I don't think that there has been a world wide conference to institutionalize the classification of the branches of earth science. Personally, I'd place glaciology as a subset of geology, however Wiki shows it as a separate branch (see source below). Short answer is a qualified "No", but it depends on who is asking.