is the editor and primary author of Science for People. He's
been writing about science and technology for twenty years or so.
Anderson thinks that everyone deserves
a regular dose of the exciting news bubbling out of laboratories
around the world. It's the perfect antidote to the mindless knuckle-dragging that marks so much of our lives. What these scientists
come up with is often revolutionary, and may permanently alter the
way you look at the world. Some of it might even save your life.
Anderson scours all the major journals,
and tries to explain the research in something approaching ordinary
English. It turns out that the ideas of science aren't that hard
after all -- it's just the jargon that can make it impenetrable.
Scientists talk to each other in very precise terms, which is essential
to the progress of the field. Without such precision, it's pretty
much impossible to replicate the results of an experiment, one of
the most important underpinnings of science. Ironically, their exotic
lingo sometimes flummoxes the scientists themselves. It's not uncommon
to find two different groups working on the same thing without knowing
it, simply because they've assigned different names to the object
of their attention. That's why even scientists might want to peruse
Science for People on occasion, just to see their ideas presented
in a jargon-free format.
Anderson would love to hear from you,
especially if you have a juicy science story or a good question.
Email him at: Scott_Anderson@ScienceForPeople.com