Discovery is the act of detecting something new, or something previously unrecognized as meaningful. With reference to sciences and academic disciplines, discovery is the observation of new phenomena, new actions, or new events and providing new reasoning to explain the knowledge gathered through such observations with previously acquired knowledge from abstract thought and everyday experiences. A discovery may sometimes be based on earlier discoveries, collaborations, or ideas. Some discoveries represent a radical breakthrough in knowledge or technology.
A Book 2 Read
Beyond The Known – From brilliant young polymath Andrew A. Rader – an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager – an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel.
For the first time in history, the human species has the technology to destroy itself. But having developed that power, humans are also able to leave Earth and voyage into the vastness of space. After millions of years of evolution, we have arrived at the point where we can settle other worlds and begin the process of becoming multi-planetary. How did we get here? What does the future hold for us? Go ahead and discover!
“Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in their jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you’re off on a journey of exploration and discovery.”
– David Almond
Discoveries Not 2 Miss
Discover vs Explore
“Discover” means to find and “explore” means to search, e.g. as in Space Exploration
For instance, a new island which has been recently discovered, will be explored when people will set foot on it and see what the particular island has to offer like rivers, ravines, hills, forests, flora, fauna and maybe humans. Then again, while exploring the oceans for new islands, many navigators of the olden days did end up discovering an island or more than one.
After they had arrived at a certain island, they would then again go on trips and expeditions to explore the particular island, in the hopes that they would discover something new, like animals, birds, plants, insects and other forms of life or the island’s geographical features.
By the way: It is commonly said that “Christopher Columbus discovered America.” It would be more accurate, perhaps, to say that he introduced the Americas to Western Europe during his four voyages to the region between 1492 and 1502. But to say he “discovered” America is a bit of a misnomer because there were plenty of people already here when he arrived. So who were the people who really deserve to be called the first Americans? It is safely to assume that they went there from Asia probably “no later than about 15,000 years ago.” They walked across the Bering land bridge that back in the day connected what is now the U.S. state of Alaska and Siberia. Fifteen-thousand years ago, ocean levels were much lower and the land between the continents was hundreds of kilometers wide.
By yet another way: It was not Johannes Gutenberg who discovered printing. The earliest known form of printing as applied to paper was woodblock printing, which appeared in China before 220 AD. Later developments in printing technology include the movable type invented by Bi Sheng around 1040 AD and then the printing press invented later by Gutenberg in the 15th century.