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The Language of Science by Carol Reeves

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The grammar of science

We have explored the terminology and linguistic metaphors that not only communicate but also contribute to scientific thinking and knowledge. Another important element of scientific language is grammar –the ordering of words within sentences and the structure of sentences. If you have ever tried to read a scientific article in a specialized journal, you may have given up in exasperation. Not only is the terminology esoteric, the formulas incomprehensible, and the visuals inexplicable, but the sentences themselves are simply impossible to decipher. Sometimes scientists are simply bad writers. The great evolutionary biologist ...

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