Nature and the Natural Sciences

Do you feel at peace by a mirror-still lake at dusk? Does the honking of a v-line of geese over a frozen lake put wings on your soul? Does a brilliant sunrise or the sight of the Space Shuttle leaving its earth-pad inspire your heart with hope and energize your spirit? Then a visit through the natural sciences is a hobby you might enjoy and one which may enrich you and help build your understanding of Nature in your life.
The Natural Sciences deal with matter, energy and measurable phenomena in the natural world, unlike the applied sciences such as Engineering or Architecture, or the formal studies that include mathematics and Computer Science. In ancient times, Plato and his followers studied Nature and labeled it natural philosophy.
As modern times approached, scholars renamed the the field natural science, applying inductive reasoning which is the scientific method that prevails today. Though there is some discussion and difference of opinion as to the exact boundary of the natural sciences from the more formal or social sciences, generally speaking they include the following areas:
-Earth Sciences
-Chemistry
-Astronomy and Space science
-Physics
-Environmental Science
Each of these fields of study contains subcategories, for instance Earth Science including Geology, Meteorology and Oceanography. But the bottom line is, if it is natural, dealing with the Nature of our universe, the Natural Sciences have it covered.
Whether you enjoy a good tale about Tyrannosaurus Rex, or look in awe at the strange tube worms that feed off the boiling, poisonous volcanic vents of the Galapagos Islands or just enjoy growing your own garden, Nature is open for examination, learning and understanding within the study of the Natural Sciences.
You don't have to enter M.I.T. or throw around Calculus problems with flair to enjoy and grow in your understanding of Nature and the world she so bountifully balances in our Universe. Books, magazines and other media are as close as your library or your favorite book store. The journal Nature, National Geographic magazines and The University of California Press are interesting, respectable sources for Nature information.
Embrace Nature; breathe in her beauty, relax in her breezes, thrive in her bounty. Nature prevails.

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