Magiscience is, as the name suggests, the application of the arcane arts to the problems of the physical world. This branch of magic was pioneered when, in an attempt to heat the royal bathwater, a warlock bound a fire and an ice elemental into a ring, and nearly died from the ensuing explosion.
It was discovered that, in a large enough ring, the two elementals would rotate at an extremely fast speed, obliterating nearly all that they touch. The king ordered military applications of this type of binding, and a man named Hollister Duncan came forward with a design for a “battle wagon” in which the elemental ring would be attached harnessed to a central spire, extending well in front of a heavily armored wheeled wagon. As the ring spun, it would leave a deep trench in the earth, but would also pull the wagon along. THe plan was to use it as a siege breaking implement, capable of sawing through the toughest castle gates.
However, at the first test, the wagon was discovered to be highly impractical and dangerous. It accelerated at an alarming rate, throwing any non-tethered passengers, and when the driver tried to steer, the entire wagon tipped over, the elemental ring careening wildly too and fro. Then, to the observers great surprise, the wagon slowly began to rise off the ground, the ring leveling back out, and flying away with the wagon still attached, the driver hanging on for dear life. Alas, the driver was never seen again, but Hollister Duncan quickly reworked his schematics to create a flying craft. This airship allowed for rapid, relatively safe travel across the entire country, and revolutionized trade. For his discovery, the king made him the head of the new Magiscience ministry, established to further such explorations and discoveries.