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Communicating science to the general public: role of scientists and science writers

Gadagkar, R (2021) Communicating science to the general public: role of scientists and science writers. In: Current Science, 121 (4). pp. 463-464.

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Today, we see an increasing division of labour between scientists who are content with producing knowledge and science writers who are content with communicating this knowledge to a broad audience. We tend to justify this separation as inevitable because science has become so complicated that scientists have neither the time nor the skill required to communicate science to the general public and science writers have neither the opportunity nor the skill required to produce knowledge. While this may be true to some extent, I worry that scientists are using the supposed complexity of science as an excuse to shirk responsibility and unnecessarily exaggerate the division of labour. © 2021, Current Science. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2021 12:59
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2021 12:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/70082

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