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ISSUE 4 - September 2008

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Contrary to Belief (page 13)
Wallace Tucker

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One of the primary goals of communicating science to the public is to capture the excitement of scientific discoveries while trying to follow the advice of Joseph Pulitzer. Writers and speakers often fall short of this goal and say too much, use too much jargon, or use picturesque language carelessly, as in saying that a neutron star is “incredibly dense”, when the data have shown that the density is credible.