Thursday, March 03, 2011

B - Are scientists good communicators?

Radford T. Of course scientists can communicate. Nature 2011;469(445)
(doi:10.1038/469445a)

There are reasons why scientists, in particular, should be and often are good communicators. One is that most scientists work with enthusiasm, and this is infectious. The problems for the scientist as a public communicator start with academic publishing: the language, form and conventions of the published scientific paper could almost have been devised to conceal information. So to be effective communicators, scientists have to learn to stand back from their own work and see it as strangers might do.

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