, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes
in the form of testable
In an older and closely related meaning (found, for example, in
), "science" refers to the body of reliable knowledge itself, of the type that can be logically and
History and philosophy
science as a type of knowledge was closely linked to
. In the
early modern era
the words "science" and "philosophy" were sometimes used interchangeably in the
. By the 17th century,
(which is today called "
") was considered a separate branch of
However, "science" continued to be used in a broad sense denoting reliable knowledge about a topic, in the same way it is still used in modern terms such as
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