S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is the second album by American rock band Incubus, released on September 9, 1997 by Epic Records. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. It has been mentioned by various band members that the acronym S.C.I.E.N.C.E. stands for Sailing Catamarans Is Every Nautical Captain's Ecstasy. "Sometimes we just sit around and come up with these for laughs. In other words, there's not just one meaning, it's just food for thought," singer Brandon Boyd says. This is the last Incubus album to feature DJ Lyfe.
Critics praised the album's diversity of styles. Pitchfork Media wrote that Incubus "successfully combines all sorts of [music genres] without sounding like a mess".Allmusic reviewer David Thomas wrote that "The numerous styles on the album don't always blend perfectly, but they create a solid sound that defines the band. Incubus also manages to make their songs upbeat and danceable as well as tunes to headbang to. An admirable feat in a genre that tends to reward decibel levels instead of quality."Drop-D Magazine reviewer Darren Kerr praised the album for its originality. In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Kemp gave the album two out of five stars. In The Great Rock Discography, Martin Charles Strong gave the album six out of ten stars.