Science Writing and New Media: Science Writing for the Public

Animation of espresso poured into heated milk.

Animation of layers forming when espresso is poured into heated milk starting at 1x speed and going to 5x speed. Students learn to write science articles such as the New York Times article on how layers in a latte form, which is an assigned reading in the course. (Image courtesy of Nan Xue, Sepideh Khodaparast, and Howard Stone used under CC-BY.)


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Spring 2018



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This class is an introduction to writing about science—including nature, medicine and technology—for general readers. In our reading and writing we explore the craft of making scientific concepts, and the work of scientists, accessible to the public through articles and essays.

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Karen Boiko. 21W.035 Science Writing and New Media: Science Writing for the Public. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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