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Science seem to hold an interest in all areas of human activity. Precisely outlined discoveries are constantly streaming forth from publishing houses, many titling themselves as magazines, but it can be difficult to even begin to explain the details or significance of much of what these periodicals cover to a general public.

As a young scientist seeking to embark on research, I can sense a particular unease around academia, to which the widespread advocacy of "openness" seems addressed  attempting apparently to blur the perceived boundaries between ivory tower and public domain, and create instead egalitarian social structures around information, with less basis in an academic "need to know".

Much as language develops in a social setting, science is a form of communication  a 'groupthink'  shaped by its own responses to others' perceptions, and preconceptions laid upon it. As such, I make an effort to sound out my own thoughts on contemporary scientific events, publications and status quo in a public setting online, and perhaps receive a better understanding of public sentiment in the face of the sciences. To use an analogy from computer science, the 'compiling' of academic lingo into common language entails a different way of thinking about scientific communication, and accordingly brings new, clearer ways of looking at abstruse parts of the field 'from the inside' as it were. As Lavoisier translated in the introduction to his Elements,

... after all, the sciences have made progress, because philosophers have applied themselves with more attention to observe, and have communicated to their language that precision and accuracy which they have employed in their observations: In correcting their language they reason better.

      —   Étienne Bonnot de Condillac

On this note feel free to take a look at my work at the links below, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Louis Maddox
Undergraduate at the University of Manchester —  3rd year BSc Biochemistry