Ah, yes, the National Science Foundation. Brainwashing us with government propaganda through their insidious IMAX films, episodes of NOVA, and geological kiosks at the grand canyon.
There ya go, Big Government wins! May I PLEASE have more government control of my life!
Science is for thoughtful people who cannot handle the underlying math that defines what's going on. Many of my fellow engineering students in college transfered from the engineering track to the science track because they could not handle the requisite math.
College taught me how to learn, more than anything else. In the nine years since I left college I've taught myself much more than I ever learned for my engineering degree. And I got to pick the subjects of my attention.
Engineering is applied science: math, physics, biology and chemistry. We make theories into working models.
FWIW - living where I do, I get to pal around with some of the world's foremost astrophysicists, geophysicists, and oceanographers. They really enjoy my white dog, and my homebrew too.
Oh yeah, Big Bird must die!