From Lydia... Matthew what a fantastic question! We decided to award your question with a prize as we all felt it was such a thought-provoking, challenging and exciting question, which can be answered in so many different ways. Well done for coming up with a Science question that challenges even the scientists!
Why did we invent Science? The challenge is in unravelling the question. Do we mean are we interested in the world around us, as every human being has always been since people became conscious and aware of their surroundings? Or do we mean why did we invent the scientific method, in which you pose a question or hypothesis and then set out to prove whether you or it are correct using clear scientific methods. Either way Science is about understanding and making sense of the world around you and that is a very human need - to be curious and try and learn about how things work, to try and make sense of what is around you. Scientists are like curious toddlers trying things out over and over again to see how something works and learning about the world around them. Remember - we are all scientists if science is about curiosity and learning!
Here are a few possible answers. There will be many others. If other people have other ideas please post your comment after this post!
From Brad... Why science? Well that's a chicken/egg type question in my opinion. I don't think people invented science. I think people, eager to learn more about the world we live in, started to question, speculate and eventually experiment with the world around them. Like children, people are inquisitive. We want to know more.
A lot of the science about the wonders of the natural and physical world is only just being unravelled. Not long ago people thought the world was flat. We now know that it is not. Science is about being dissatisfied with what we know. ...which suits humans perfectly. For better or for worse.
Caveman looked down and thought "Why is the grass growing?"
Neanderthal looked up and thought "Why does the sun rise?"
Copernicus thought "Is the Earth really the centre of all?"
So, is the question "Why did we invent Science?" or has it been here all the while and the question should really be "We try to understand how things work. What shall we call it?"
Congratulations on winning a signed copy of the 'Do Try this at Home' Science book featuring Brad! We will post it to your school, along with a certificate. Stay curious and keep asking questions!