For many ancient civilizations, the unknown (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or other natural hazards) was explained by religion. The Greeks were one of the first groups of people to use logic, reason, and science to try to understand why certain events around them were happening.

Watch our video to learn how advancements in scientific inquiry can only happen in an “environment that encourages questions, the sharing of ideas, and openness to different approaches”: curiosity.

ancient Greece
Noun

loosely united civilization founded on and around the Peloponnese peninsula, lasting from about the 8th century BCE to about 200 BCE.

deity
Noun

very holy or spiritual being.

democracy
Noun

system of organization or government where the people decide policies or elect representatives to do so.

philosophy
Noun

the study of the basic principles of knowledge.

science
Noun

knowledge focused on facts based on observation, identification, description, investigation, and explanation.

theory
Noun

explanation that has not been proven as fact.