What Is The Meaning Of Quantification In Science Processes?


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Quantification has a whole range of very different senses. In empirical science and mathematics, it consists of the act of measuring and counting, which maps human sense experiences and observations into units of a set of numbers. In this sense, quantification is fundamental to scientific methods.

  • Statements of Significance
Some understanding of the undeniable general significance of quantification within natural sciences may be gained from the following statements: These are only facts, but nonetheless, they are proven quantitative facts, and therefore form the basic foundations of science. It appears to be regarded as universal truth that measurement is the basis of quantification.

There is no denying that quantification supplied a base for the total objectivity of science. In ancient times, artists and musicians chose to reject quantification. Merchants, being who they were, however, quantified their affairs so they could survive, and made them clearly visible on paper and parchment.

  • Pragmatics
Any sensible comparison between Galileo and Aristotle shows without a shadow of doubt that no unique lawfulness can ever be discovered without the use of detailed quantification.

Even today, most universities use less than perfect instruments known as exams to somehow indirectly quantify what they call knowledge. This particular meaning of quantification falls under a heading of pragmatics.

  • Intangible Concepts
There are instances within the natural sciences, when an apparently intangible concept can easily be quantified through the creation of a scale. A pain scale, for example, in medical research could quantify effects of certain medications; a sensory discomfort scale at the crossing of human physiology and meteorology.

This could, for instance, be the so-called heat index, which measures the perceived effect of humidity and heat combined. Alternatively, it could be a scale to measure wind chill factor, or the perceived effects of the combination of wind and cold.

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