Scientific Prose: How to Make it Interesting

Scientific prose is an important genre in the market of publication. It offers important information about how the world works. Scientific articles are important for teachers, students, parents, children, and everyone in between. They’re known to impart knowledge of many different subjects, from what moves the tides to giant isopods. Its main purpose is to make things understandable; if it’s not understandable, it’s not an effective piece of prose.
The problem with scientific prose is that it is often written in a very dull manner. The diction is very informational and stiff, when it should be intriguing the reader, persuading them to read on and learn about the topic the writer is trying to teach. Scientific prose serves a purpose: to educate. Therefore it’s extremely important to make the writing interesting. Diction should be professional but not hard to understand; it should be informational but worded in such a way that the reader doesn’t lose interest. It should be objective; science is not opinionated or biased, so the facts should be presented flexibly, giving the reader the chance to form their own opinion. It should be clear and concise, not full of confusing details or words.
Science can be hard to understand, it’s true–but scientific prose should make it easy to swallow and interesting.
By the end of the piece, the reader should feel they know the topic fairly well. The piece should be extremely factual, providing evidence as to what the topic entails, as well as conclusive results and so on. Many people turn to pieces like this for research and mainly for knowledge. Students use pieces like these for papers and projects, and scientists turn to them for facts on experiments and theories, applying them to their own research. As a genre, it is essential in the world of literature.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1559667/
http://eng.1september.ru/article.php?ID=200701608

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