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Difference Between Science and Technology

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When you hear the term science, it is typically associated with the term technology ‘“ especially when the two are talked about as subjects in school. Although these two terms are often interchanged, there is actually a sparse difference between the two.

Perhaps the best way to differentiate science and technology, is to have a quick definition of each term. Science is a systematic knowledge base, where a series of steps is followed in order to reliably predict the type of outcome. It can be broadly defined as the study of things with branches like biology, chemistry, physics and psychology.

Technology, on the other hand, is more of an applied science. It is where tools and knowledge are used for the study of a particular science. For example, the science of energy can have technology as its application. In the case of energy as a subject in science, solar panels can be used for a variety of technologies, an example of which are solar-powered lights.

If the goal of science is the pursuit of knowledge for science’s sake, technology aims to create systems to meet the needs of people. Science has a quest of explaining something, while technology is leaning more towards developing a use for something.

Science focuses more on analysis, generalizations and the creation of theories ‘“ while with technology, it focuses more on analysis and synthesis of design. Science is controlled by experimentation, while technology also involves design, invention and production. If science is all about theories, technology is all about processes. Finally, in order for you to excel in science, you need to have experimental and logical skills. Meanwhile, technology requires a myriad of skills including design, construction, testing, quality assurance and problem-solving.

Summary:

1. Science is the study of a particular subject, while technology is an applied science.

2. Science is focused more on analysis, while technology is all about the synthesis of design.

3. Science is all about theories, while technology is all about processes.


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6 Comments

  1. I disagree with your definition of technology as applied science. Historically, many, technologies were developed in the complete absence of theoretical science. Agriculture, architecture, etc.

  2. very inspiring about the difference a good distance between them

  3. ok

  4. Good one there!
    I resonate with you.

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