How Science is Perceived by the Public Through Four Article Reviews Article Review by Nicky

How Science is Perceived by the Public Through Four Article Reviews
The paper attempts to analyze how the general public perceives science through of review of four scientific articles written for the lay person.
# 145449 | 1,440 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The general public is usually very interested in scientific findings as science has an impact on many aspects of our day to day lives. Scientific research also has an effect on matters of public debate and controversy (genetic engineering for example) This paper examines four articles which are readily available to the public that address issues of major public interest or public debate. Through an examination of the articles, the author writer attempts to determine if the manner in which scientific findings are presented to the public influences the perception of these ideas, and how, if at all, the article impact and influence their readers. The articles discussed in the paper are the following: "The Other Big Meltdown" by Laura Allen, "Flying High on Biofuels" by Christine Cyr, "The Most Important Number on Earty" by Bill McKibben, and "Saving Face" by William Seletan.

From the Paper:

"Although academics, politicians, and those who work in a scientific career are often very connected to the world of science, the public is also rather interested in scientific findings. Science has an impact on the day-to-day lives of many. For instance, scientific findings may alter the methods with which one eats, exercises, and even applies beauty products. Scientific information can make the general public more wary about an activity, or calm the worries of some. In addition to changing the day-to-day routines of many members of the public, scientific information can also be used to further the political debates of the day. Scientific findings can do this both intentionally and unintentionally through the presentation of simple facts or the politically biased slant taken on by an article."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, Laura. (2008, December 19). The Other Big Meltdown. Retrieved December 20,2008, from
  • Cyr, Christine. (2008, December 11). Flying High on Biofuels. Retrieved December, 20 2008, from
  • McKIbben, Bill. (2008, November/December). The Most Important Number on Earth. Retrieved December 20, 2008, from
  • Seletan, William. (2008, December 18). Saving Face. Retrieved December 20, 2008, from

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