Accommodating science the rhetorical life of scientific facts


04-May-2020 00:00

If the authors of both of these forms of scientific literature are able to present ideas clearly and effectively, then their audience can be directly influenced by their writing.

This is the end goal of any author of science within the spectrum-to influence and persuade a reader of the validity of his or her argument.

At one end lie the scientists who are responsible for developing experiments, collecting data, interpreting it, and then formulating conjectures and conclusions from their research.

At the opposite end of the spectrum lie the journalists and reporters who focus their writing on the significance and implications of new science for the public.

Acceptance is the first step in making scientific innovation useful.

Thus, if an invention or discovery is not presented clearly, then it has no chance at serving a purpose in the future.

Each group has a different persuasive purpose and caters to a vastly different audience.

The media has to filter the highly concentrated scientific text without diluting its value in order to make it appealing to the public.

“Give Me Technology” by Mark Sena PDF In order for scientific breakthroughs to directly impact the general public, abstract ideas, theories and discoveries must be effectively transformed into real technologies which, when applied, benefit everyday life.

Similarly, scientific literature uses the conventions of rhetoric to translate sheer unintelligible data into a wide understanding of its meanings and implications.

Numbers, charts and data plots do not enable the free outward flow of scientific information.

Only the interpretation and credible presentation of these elements encourages a reader to accept them as truth.

Since seismic, glacial, and flood activity occur on such a massive scale, the amount of data that these systems generate is far beyond the comprehension of a typical layman.