By Jennifer De PintoThe Huffington Post”Science” is too broad, according to a new poll by the Carnegie Institution for Science.
The survey found that more than half of Americans, and 70 percent of scientists, don’t know the difference between “science” and “mathematics.”
And even among those who do know, only 30 percent think that science and mathematics are equally important.
“Science is not simply about facts and theories,” said Dr. Christopher Sussman, the study’s lead author and a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University.
“Science is also about applying and applying well to the problems of the world.”
In the poll, 726 people participated, including 723 scientists and 614 people who identify as academics.
The responses came from more than 60 countries.
Sussman told HuffPost he is optimistic about the survey’s findings because the “problem of misinformation” is getting bigger and more complex.
He says there is “no doubt that the public has been increasingly educated on the science of climate change and the impact of CO2 on the climate.”
However, he said the survey also shows that many people still think of science as just math and science as only science.
“It’s not science in the traditional sense of the word,” Sussmann said.
“The word ‘science,’ in the broader sense, is not a good description.
It’s not a description that is going to bring people into the conversation.”
He said that people can still be misled by the words science, math and math, but that the survey showed that the two concepts aren’t mutually exclusive.
“There’s still an emphasis on science and math and it’s not really science,” he said.
Susman also told HuffPost that the results of the poll are consistent with other surveys, including a recent Pew Research Center poll.
“Our data shows that the majority of Americans think that math and knowledge about science are the same thing,” he added.
“But that is not necessarily true.
Our survey suggests that most Americans also think that the same science and knowledge is important in the sciences.”
A spokesperson for the Carnegie Institute for Science told HuffPost the survey was conducted by a random sample of respondents and was not representative of the scientific community.
“The survey was not designed to determine a consensus opinion among the scientific profession, and our survey results do not represent the views of the entire scientific community,” the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson from the Pew Research Group also told The Huffington Report that the poll results were consistent with the Pew survey findings.
Pew surveyed people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The poll was conducted between April 17 and April 23 and has a margin of error of 3.8 percent.