Plain Language in the Sciences
A recent National Science Foundation study shows that:
- Fewer than 50% of adults understand that the Earth orbits the sun yearly.
- Only 21% of adults can define DNA.
- Only 9% of adults know what a molecule is.
- One in 7 adults—25 million people—cannot locate the US on an unlabeled map.
- A third of Americans believe in astrology—and do not understand that astrology is not scientific.
External links are shown with a "".
Scientists Need Plain Language, by Lily Whiteman.
Best Practices for Communication of Science and Technology to the Public, a conference held March 6-8, 2002 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD. Conference presentations are posted on the site.
NASA's bibliography of books, articles, and websites on the public understanding of science, communicating science, and science education.
The Merck Manual , an excellent example of effective science communication.