"Wissenschaft schafft Wissen."

Translation:Science brings knowledge.

January 21, 2013



Best phrase of German ever? I think we all agree.

January 21, 2013


Wir wissen, das Wissenschaft wissen schafft

December 10, 2014


Shouldn't it be 'dass'? Nice sentence btw

July 14, 2015


Yes, and capital "Wissen".

March 8, 2016


Yes it should.

February 9, 2016


Wir wissen, was Wissenschaft schafft ist Wissen, das wiederum Wissenschaft schaft, damit Wissen Wissenschaft schafft

December 13, 2018


difficult but charming one!

January 11, 2019


We have a new contender here.

April 16, 2018



January 25, 2015


Precisely what I came here to say. Thank you.

November 13, 2013


Yeah, wordplay is always nice.

June 28, 2013


This wins everything.

December 11, 2015


we feel excited when we encounter a moment in which somebody is thinking the same way as we do. here you were : )

January 11, 2019


Other example of great sentence of that kind : "Eifersucht ist eine Leidenschaft, Die mit Eifer sucht was Leiden schafft." -Franz Grillparzer. "Jealousy is a passion, which with eagerness searches for what suffering creates" (sorry for the poor translation)

February 17, 2014


That's beautiful.

April 22, 2014


I think it's a good translation, I wouldn't have understood it otherwise.

December 23, 2015


*Jealousy is a passion that zealously seeks to create suffering.

August 25, 2018


Great example of how beautifully literal the German language is!

December 30, 2013


Yes, right up there with "Handschuhe" and "Antibabypille" :).

February 2, 2014


> Antibabypille


December 21, 2014


And then there are "Fausthandschuhe."

September 18, 2015


My favorite is Baumwolle (tree wool) = cotton.

August 25, 2018


This is the Wissenschaft. It schaffts Wissen!

August 25, 2015


what is the difference between schaffen and bilden?

August 29, 2015


I would say that "schaffen" is more like "create" while "bilden" is more like "form".

Also, the result of "bilden" usually consists of the subject (die elf Spieler bilden eine Mannschaft = the eleven players together are a team; or: the eleven players create a team consisting of themselves).

"Die elf Spieler schaffen eine Mannschaft" would imply to me that they work together to create a team which consists of other people -- they are only the ones who made the team but they are not on the team.

March 8, 2016


Looking this up reveals it's actually related to the English word "shape."

December 5, 2018


Furkan, I am not a native German speaker,however I believe that the difference is based on creating and building as this relates to science, I may use the analogy between science and engineering Scientist discover (create) engineers build (put it together) Hope this helps

August 29, 2015


Many in this discussion area suggest that the "-schafft" of Wissenschafft should be thought of as "create" or "make" instead of the "brings" translation suggested by Duolingo. This may stem from a misguided view of what science actually is. It seems very strange to me to suggest that science (or scientists) create or make knowledge. Duolingo's translation makes a lot more sense to me since science "brings forth" knowledge, in the sense of discovering what was always there (removing that which covered our ignorance). To suggest that science "creates" knowledge reminds me of the arrogant scientist, thinking he can create man just as God did in the beginning, bending down for a handful of dust. Yet, as he does, God interrupts saying: "Wait, use your own dust"

February 21, 2017


@tmRhema: I get your point about the arrogance of science.

"produces" or "establishes" are better choices than "brings" as translations for "schafft" here?

April 19, 2017


Your alternate suggestions: "Science produces knowledge" or "Science establishes knowledge" do not make as much sense to me as the DuoLingo translation "Science brings knowledge" since they both seem to imply that a scientist is doing something more than merely uncovering what was already there. As I said above, I'm thinking of "bring" here in the sense of "brings forth". Also, I'm speaking from the point of view of what science is (for which I have at least some basis), and not from the point of view of a German expert (for which I have no basis). Also, I didn't mean to imply there was an "arrogance of science", just a misunderstanding of what science is.

April 19, 2017


tmRhema, while I do understand your point, and it is a rather interesting and important viewpoint, it is a commonly used phrase in German. Certainly because it is so illiterate. But there is another side to it. When I read the English translation "build" it didn't feel quite right. And personally I would prefer create. "er schafft" means "he accomplishes something after putting a lot of work into it." - "er geht schaffen." is still used in certain areas of Germany for "er geht arbeiten." (Don't use it though, it's bad German.) while "building something" can of course be hard work, it just doesn't have the same ring to it. Keep in mind though, this is just about feelings. Building is just as good a translation as creating. :)

July 30, 2018


In Western philosophy, there is no knowledge without a knower. Phenomena occur, but understanding or knowledge thereof is created through science.

August 25, 2018


there is no knowledge without a knower. that is genius (at least to me)

February 7, 2019


So what's the different between "schafft, macht, tun"?

January 14, 2016


Based on the German I learned as my first language many, many years ago before English became my primary language (i.e. not based on a dictionary), I would use "schaffen" = "produce," "create" or "accomplish" for something that is significant/surprising to do (e.g. "Science (actually) creates knowledge," or "Wir haben es geschafft" = "We (actually) accomplished it!"). I would use "machen" = "make" or "do" if the making is less significant/surprising (e.g. "Drei und drei macht sechs" = "Three plus three make six" or "Wir machen es jetzt" = "We are doing it now" with the emphasis on "now" rather than than on our being able to do it); and "tun" = "do" with an emphasis on what is being done rather than on what the outcome/product of that action/process is ("Das tut man nicht" = "One (simply) doesn't do that" or "Es tut mir Leid" = (literally) "It does me sorrow" = "I am sorry.")

January 14, 2016



January 15, 2016


I see what ya did there, Duolingo

December 8, 2014


Try saying this 10 times fast.

November 24, 2016


I see no one has commented on this for a while, but I answered, "Science generates knowledge." Duo marked it wrong and in the red X - You used the wrong word section below, it said, "Science recreates knowledge." With "recreates" underlined. What would that even mean? And wouldn't "...generates knowledge." and "...brings knowledge." mean the same thing? I reported it with the "my answer should be accepted button."

August 23, 2017


I agree with you that "Science recreates knowledge" is a bizarre concept, far removed from what science is, regardless of its linguistic accuracy. As I wrote earlier, the translation "Science brings knowledge" makes a lot more sense in terms of what science is, and apparently is accurate language-wise.

August 23, 2017


Is this like a German tongue twister?

November 10, 2014


Der dicke Dachdecker deckte das dicke Dach. Dann trug der dicke Dachdecker, die dicke Dame durch den dicken Dreck. Dann dankte die dicke Dame dem dicken Dachdecker, dass der dicke Dachdecker die dicke Dame durch den dicken Dreck trug.

December 21, 2014


Wow, I actually got through most of this pretty quickly. Progress!

March 25, 2015

February 15, 2015


This is far too simple for a real German tongue twister ("Zungenbrecher" in German btw, literally meaning "tongue breaker") The most common one in German is the following: "Fischers Fritze fischt frische Fische, frische Fische fischt Fischers Fritze."

October 1, 2016


Schaffen often has the sense of to manage, which I think is more appropriate, since the facts are already there ... not being made ... and it's clearly not literally bringing knowledge like the verb bringen ...

August 4, 2016


schaffen is "manage" in the sense of "succeed in accomplishing" (Ich habe es nicht mehr geschafft, meine Hausaufgaben rechtzeitig zu machen = I didn't manage to complete my homework in time), not in the sense "handle, direct, govern, administer, take charge of".

It wouldn't make sense to say that "Science succeeds in accomplishing knowledge".

Also, knowledge is not the same as facts. When you teach children science at school, you are not creating facts, but you are creating knowledge (in the children). The facts exist even if there is nobody to know them, but knowledge comes about only when somebody learns about the facts.

Perhaps "Science brings about knowledge" or "Science creates knowledge" might be clearer.

schaffen can also mean "bring, procure" (though perhaps more commonly in prefixed forms such as "herbeischaffen, heranschaffen") or "create" (also in the prefixed form "erschaffen") and I think those are what is meant here.

So, meanings 1 or 2 of http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/schaffen , rather than meaning 4 which could be "manage" in the sense I mentioned above.

August 5, 2016


so basically, science in German means "knowledge leg" or something similar to that?

September 28, 2016


No; the -schaft ending of words such as Wissenschaft, Rechenschaft, Herrschaft, Botschaft has nothing to do with the separate noun Schaft "shaft".

The ending is instead related to the English ending -ship as in "relationship, hardship, friendship" -- which in turn is not related to the noun "ship" as in boat.

Science would be "knowledgeship" if you want to split it up like that. But not "knowledge shaft".

October 4, 2016


my dictionary must have obsolete translations. thanks for the tip

October 5, 2016



September 29, 2016


if Wissen means knowledge and schaft means leg then it seems like "science" in German means "knowledge leg" "knowledge shaft" or other synonyms of branch or stock or whatever . Such as Krankenhaus aka hospital literally means "suffer house".

September 30, 2016


Die Kranken would be the sick ... Krankenhaus sounds like sick people house to me. The verb leiden means to suffer. The word "Bein" is the usual word for leg ...

September 30, 2016


I'm aware of that.... all I'm SAYING is it seems like German creates words by using agglutination. We say hospital, they put "sick and "house" together. We say television they say "fernsehen" which if you leave the two words by themselves it's "watch far away". anyway Kranken and Leiden are synonymous but that's beside my point.

October 1, 2016


You wrote "We say television they say "fernsehen" ... ." But "television" is in fact two (Greek) words meaning (translating directly into German) "fern" and "sehen." (And Leiden and Kranken are not synonymous; the former means suffering, pain or torment, while the later means those who are sick.

October 1, 2016


eplus17, I'm aware most of English came from combining two words together but the way we say it isn't as literal as, well, words like "kindergarten". that's the point I'm making. As with the example hospital, it came from the Latin hospes which became hospitalis which became the Medieval hospitale. the meaning of hospes is guest, host, or stranger not anything like "place for sick people"

October 1, 2016


Aha! then that is a beautiful word to describe "science"

November 7, 2013


That's so cool.

April 22, 2014


I wrote 'Science creates wisdom'. Marked wrong. Wissen looks more like wisdom than knowledge. Hate it when my english interferes with my german!

January 2, 2016


I hear ya, false friends can be a pain... But it makes sense that "Wissen" and "Weisheit" come from the same root I guess

January 2, 2016


I used provides instead of brings...same meaning in English.

March 8, 2017


Wissenschaft = Knowledge Bringer? True?

March 19, 2018


I think the -schaft here is related to the English "-ship" as in "relationship, friendship, fellowship".

Compare Gemeinschaft "community" ("commonship") or Freundschaft (friendship).

March 19, 2018


Wir wissen, dass das Wissen schaffen, Wissenschaft ist.

July 20, 2018


"Science achieves knowledge" - incorrect?

September 14, 2018


Zees is Wissenschaft! It Schafts Wissen!!!

September 7, 2015


Oooooh Holy mother, I wrote "wissen schafft schafft wissen" Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

April 16, 2016


I think of Wissenschaft as "the shepherding of knowledge". Is there a connection between "schaft" "schaffen" and "Schaf"? Or is that just coincidence?

February 16, 2017


I think none whatsoever. Schaffen (double "f" a short "a") means to create, make while die Schafe (single "f" and long "a") would be a sheep.

January 15, 2018

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Could you translate this as ¨Science causes knowledge.¨? Or is there a better German translation for the verb to cause?

November 27, 2017


science enables knowledge. what's wrrong with that ?

December 29, 2017


schaffen does not mean "enable".

December 31, 2017


And tautologies are tautological..

February 18, 2018


"Knowledgeship ships knowledge"!

March 2, 2018


That's why it's called "Wissenschaft"!

March 3, 2018



January 2, 2019


Duo or Mizinamo, please patent this phrase. It is better than audi’s one. It is better than Volkswagen. It is better than BMI’s one. Vorprung durch Tecknik. Wissenschaft schafft Wissen.

January 2, 2019


P.S. If you manage to patent this phrase I want a cut on it. As well as all my Kumpels on DL. We all need a break from learning German

January 2, 2019


BMW. Wissenschaft schaft Wissen.

January 2, 2019


Uns so weiter, uns so weiter. This is one of my favorite sentences. Along with 'I'm going to burn this village.'

November 18, 2017


AMEN !!!

May 20, 2015


a good strap line for Bayer or BASF maybe?

June 16, 2015


Don’t know why you got downvoted for that suggestion Grafiker. I think it is great. Have a lingot. ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ eat your heart out.

December 5, 2018
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