Science vs Literature - What's the difference?

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Science is a related term of literature.

As nouns the difference between science and literature

is that science is (countable) a particular discipline or branch of learning, especially one dealing with measurable or systematic principles rather than intuition or natural ability or science can be while literature is the body of all written works.

As a verb science

is to cause to become versed in science; to make skilled; to instruct.


Etymology 1

From (etyl) science, from (etyl) .


  • (countable) A particular discipline or branch of learning, especially one dealing with measurable or systematic principles rather than intuition or natural ability.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science , too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
  • (uncountable, archaic) Knowledge gained through study or practice; mastery of a particular discipline or area.
  • * , III.i:
  • For by his mightie Science he had seene / The secret vertue of that weapon keene [...].
  • * Hammond
  • If we conceive God's or science', before the creation, to be extended to all and every part of the world, seeing everything as it is, his ' science or sight from all eternity lays no necessity on anything to come to pass.
  • * (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
  • Shakespeare's deep and accurate science in mental philosophy
  • * 1611 , (King James Version of the Bible), 6:20-21
  • O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding vain and profane babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
  • (uncountable) The collective discipline of study or learning acquired through the scientific method; the sum of knowledge gained from such methods and discipline.
  • * 1951 January 1, (Albert Einstein), letter to Maurice Solovine, as published in Letters to Solovine (1993)
  • I have found no better expression than "religious" for confidence in the rational nature of realityWhenever this feeling is absent, science degenerates into uninspired empiricism.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01, author=Philip E. Mirowski, volume=100, issue=1, page=87, magazine=(American Scientist)
  • , title= Harms to Health from the Pursuit of Profits , passage=In an era when political leaders promise deliverance from decline through America’s purported preeminence in scientific research, the news that science is in deep trouble in the United States has been as unwelcome as a diagnosis of leukemia following the loss of health insurance.}}
  • (uncountable) Knowledge derived from scientific disciplines, scientific method, or any systematic effort.
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  • (uncountable) The scientific community.
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  • Coordinate terms
    * art
    Derived terms
    * applied science * behavioral science * blind with science * computer science * dismal science * down to a science * earth science * exact science * fundamental science * hard science * information science * library science * life science * marine science * natural science * pseudoscience * pure science * science fiction * scientific * scientifically * scientist * social science * soft science * superscience * agriscience * antiscience * archival science * Bachelor of Science * bionanoscience * bioscience * cognitive science * computer science * computer-science * crank science * creation science * cyberscience * dismal science * down to a science * earth science * environmental science * ethnoscience * forensic science * formal science * geographic information science * geoscience * geroscience * glycoscience * hard science * Hollywood science * information science * junk science * Letters and Science * library and information science * library science * life science * Master of Science * McScience * multiscience * nanoscience * natural science * neuroscience * nonscience * non-science * omniscience * palaeoscience * philosophy of science * photoscience * physical science * planetary science * political science * pop-science * popular science * proscience * protoscience * pseudoscience * pseudo-science * rocket science * science centre * science fair * science fiction * science room * scienceless * sciencelike * social science * social-science * soil science * space science * sweet science * systems science * technoscience * unscience
    See also
    * engineering * technology


  • To cause to become versed in science; to make skilled; to instruct.
  • (Francis)

    Etymology 2

    See (scion).



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    Alternative forms

    * literatuer (obsolete)


  • The body of all written works.
  • The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group or culture.
  • All the papers, treatises etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
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  • The obvious question to ask at this point is: ‘Why posit the existence of a set of Thematic Relations (THEME, AGENT, INSTRUMENT, etc.) distinct from constituent structure relations?? The answer given in the relevant literature is that a variety of linguistic phenomena can be accounted for in a more principled way in terms of Thematic Functions than in terms of constituent structure relations.
  • Written fiction of a high standard.
  • However, even “literary” science fiction rarely qualifies as literature , because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. —Adam Cadre, 2008


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