The Newest Scientific Discovery: Understandable Scientific Discovery

            Scientific writings are currently designed for the purpose of informing other qualified scientists as to new discoveries that have been made.  This mentality concerning displays of scientific progress is alarmingly harmful to the general community and our ability to understand much of what effects us today.  Science affects us today, from new developments in computer science to discovering the newest genetic engineering of organisms.  How are we supposed to react to the new progressions in these areas, however, when we can’t understand what the discovery is?  Some of the most useful discoveries are ones that have been explained in a simplistic style.  The wheel, for example, has revolutionized society since its prehistoric invention.  What makes it so powerful is our ability to take a well understood discovery and apply it to so many different areas of our lives.  Naturally, the argument that the simplicity of the wheel allows us to apply it so generally will be presented.  So maybe a better example is something such as a battery.  Batteries, although a seemingly complicated method of transferring electrons to create a potential difference, has been explained in such a way that people understand their potential use and function.  For that reason, people have been able to use them for very wide range of applications.  Allowing the general public to recognize potential applications of technological progress is beneficial to all, including the scientific community.

            For this reason, I feel that currently complicated subjects such as a scientific discovery should be written in simple terms that everybody can understand.  Naturally, some more complicated terminology is required in order to keep the paper concise and on topic, but keeping terminology simple enough to be understood by the maximum number of people with the minimum addition of effort cannot hurt.  We all know the theory that if an infinite number of monkeys type randomly, one will eventually type a Shakespeare play.  Applying this theorem to scientific discovery and humans magnifies this effect.  Having millions or billions of people understanding and thinking about a new scientific discovery is bound to lead to even more findings.  Another example as to why scientific papers should be expressed in a sensible fashion is this: If somebody designs a method of creating a time machine, but can’t explain to anyone how to actually do it, the time machine will never be built.  This is why writing in terms that more people can understand is beneficial, and even necessary.  To me, however, this does not equate to writing to the general public.  I encourage researchers to publish their findings with other scientists in mind; after all, the other scientists are the most likely to find progress first off of those results.  Still, even scientists of the highest caliber need to be able to explain their discoveries to somebody to have any effect at all.  The scientific community thrives on everybody publishing their results in an effort to gain credit and allow further discoveries to be made, and we should not assume they should eliminate that method of technological process.  We should assist that process by giving them more minds to think on the topics, not prevent them from doing so by requiring us to be the recipients of all of the knowledge.


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