How did economics become a "science", an academic field?
Because I think of it as a soft science and thus in order to be considered a science it would need to be able to reply to the hard sciences? By which I mean that:
In order to be considered a science in a similar sense than the hard sciences, because "science" is a general term and not a particular, wouldn't economics also need to be able to "match" the truth/validity of hard sciences? Otherwise call it soft science directly, rather than merely "science", in order to not imply validity, which it doesn't have.
Was economics established in universities through political processes or through demand?