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The Language of Science by Carol Reeves

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Language

Like all of us, scientists must find words to describe, explain and name the concepts, objects and processes they examine. Their explanations and descriptions, their names for objects and concepts, become very important in communicating ideas and generating knowledge.

However, no explanation and no term can capture entirely all the features of any phenomenon. Scientists are interested in finding out what is generally true under most conditions, so their language typically captures what is most generally observable and predictable about phenomena. For example, here is an excerpt from the most recent clinical definition of Major Depressive ...

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