The Language of Science
Most scientists are too busy doing research to think much about the language they actually use in their work. However, accompanying the rise of modern science since the 17th century has been an increasingly specialized use of language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and structural organization. While this provides for clear and direct communication of scientific ideas and observations within the scientific community, most people cannot read, let alone understand it without a considerable period of learning. I will describe the characteristics of this language of science and why it may be causing misunderstandings about science among the non-specialists (i.e. everyone else).