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ERIC Number: EJ926937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Writing for Non-Scientists about Physics
Hobson, Art
Physics Teacher, v49 n5 p298-299 May 2011
Physicists should communicate their knowledge to the general public because, as the American Association for the Advancement of Science puts it, "without a scientifically literate population, the outlook for a better world is not promising." This article discusses what I've learned about writing for non-scientists from working on my physics textbook for non-science college students, as well as from my hometown newspaper column and other writings. Lessons learned include tips for writing effective prose, do's and dont's when writing for non-scientists, choice of subject matter, being relevant to the needs of non-scientists, unifying one's book by using general themes, and the process of organizing and writing a textbook. Many of these lessons should be helpful in all scientific writing regardless of the target audience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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