In discussing science we also need to define its scope, as well as the methods and views (concepts) involved in its pursuit. It is also useful to think about what science is not, although this can sometimes become controversial. Significant and important studies such as those concerned with the field of sociology, politics, or economics increasingly use methods that previously were associated only with the physical and biological sciences or mathematics. However, I believe these are not in a strict sense “hard sciences.” The name “science” these days is also frequently hyphenated to varied other fields (from animal- science to culinary science to exercise science, etc.). Such studies indeed may use some of the methods of science, but they hardly fall under the scope of science. There is a Dutch proverb that says “Everything has its science, with the exception of catching fleas: This is an art.” It may overstate the point, but sometimes to make a point it is necessary to overstate it.

George A. Olah, A Life of Magic Chemistry : Autobiographical Reflections of a Nobel Prize Winner, Wiley-Interscience, 2001, pp.4-5.

hyphenate tr.v.
To divide or connect (syllables, word elements, or names) with a hyphen. [AHD4]

hyphenate transitive verb
to connect (as two words) or divide (as a word at the end of a line of print) with a hyphen [MWCD]

hyphenate verb
to join two words together using a hyphen; to divide a word between two lines of text using a hyphen:
Is your name hyphenated? [OALD]

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