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The history of science is the study of the development of science and scientific knowledge including both the natural and social sciences the history of the arts and humanities is termed history of scholarship science is a body of empirical . History of science the development of science over time on the simplest level science is knowledge of the world of nature there are many regularities in nature that humankind has had to recognize for survival since the emergence of homo sapiens as a species. The department of the history of science is a lively interdisciplinary community of scholars and students who seek to advance understanding of science technology and medicine in their historical and social contexts our faculty and students come from diverse backgrounds and employ diverse approaches. The table below sets out the time scale of some of the major events in earth history and developments in science and technology it shows something of the parallel development of human communication and of science and its technological applications set in the context of earth history as a whole. Scientific american is the essential guide to the most awe inspiring advances in science and technology explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives