Hildebrand, Joel H. Formerly, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California.
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The fields of inquiry to which the general designation science may be appropriately applied are broadly divided into social science and natural science. The latter is further subdivided into biology and physical science. Physical science is generally considered to include astronomy, chemistry, geology, mineralogy, meteorology, and physics. These overlap more or less, as illustrated by astrophysics, chemical physics, physical chemistry, and geophysics. There is overlap, likewise, between the physical and biological sciences, as seen in biochemistry, biophysics, virology, and the close relation between geology and paleontology. The boundaries implied in all such classifications are artificial and consist of regions where one field shades into another. See also: Astronomy; Chemistry; Geology; Meteorology; Mineralogy; Physics
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