Physics: Scientific Writing for Non-Science Audience
Tips: Writing about Scientific Topics for Popular or General Audiences
Writing for Non-Scientist Reader*
From SCITEXT CAMBRIDGE
Some tips from article:
- Get feedback on preliminary versions of ht epaper from non-experts
- vital to maintain reader's confidence, which begins lower than in other audiences. Raise it at the start by reassuring
reader that the article is designed for non-experts, and keep it high
- Use as few technical terms as you can, and define them explicitly where they first appear; context is not enough
- Use plenty of analogies; effective ones are always imagistic and made with things familiar to non-scientists
*Fuller discussion found in lower third of article.
Also check out
Sullivan, Charles, and Cameron M. Smith. "5 tips for writing popular science: Learn the art of conveying complexity to the general reader." Writer 119.7 (2006): 23-25. Academic Search Elite. EBSCO. Web. 6 Aug. 2010.