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Science Is One; And So Are We

It sometimes seems like there are a hundred different types of scientific practitioners, all pursuing their little piece of a disconnected pie.   On closer examination we can see that the general methods and aims of different sciences are very similar, and that each discipline informs and complements the others.  In fact, when the natural world is used as the final arbiter of “truth”, the sciences will invariably reach conclusions that are in general agreement.  When looking at the movement of our own species throughout the world, we can also see the ultimate unity of seemingly disparate groups.  Sharing a history that predates our own conventions, it is clear that we are more alike than different.

Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 32 years. From 2010-2018, he was the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system. Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.