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October 19, 2011

Scientific English compared to General Public English

AGO Blogosphere highlights this list of terms that, when used by scientists, may be misunderstood by the general public. The table appeared in Physics Today.

Examples: "theory" may be understood by the public to mean "hunch, speculation" while what scientists actually mean is "scientific understanding." "Error" might be understood to mean "mistake, wrong, incorrect" when scientists actually mean "difference from exact true number."

(Via Bad Astrtonomy).

Filed under English,Science | permalink | October 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

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