Accommodating science the rhetorical life of scientific facts
The public’s complete awareness of innovative science is necessary for its acceptance and incorporation into daily life.
As technology progresses from initial discovery to real world application, its broadcast through various forms of literature changes as well.
Scientists must take on the responsibility of being the first interpreters and announcers of their discoveries.
Through academic papers, scientists shine the first light on their ideas and attempt to elucidate them for their peers.
An interesting example of a topic on which scientists have written influential papers is the study of volcanically activated glacial floods.
These extremely complex natural events require a great deal of observation, analysis and interpretation through mathematical modeling.
Since seismic, glacial, and flood activity occur on such a massive scale, the amount of data that these systems generate is far beyond the comprehension of a typical layman.
A paper in the journal by Matthew Roberts assesses data from observed floods in Iceland called Jokulhlaups, and stresses the importance of developing models in order to better predict such events.
In order to relay information accurately from their sources to their readers, these groups employ appropriate modes of rhetoric in their writing.
Experimental scientists, writers of academic journals, and the media work together in a network to increase science’s comprehensive scope.
The communication of new ideas is dependent upon this network of writers.
The author of an article in such journals, usually the scientist who made a particular discovery, plants the first informative seed-he or she takes the first step in transforming “brute facts” into general knowledge.
Magazines and newspapers such as then take this growing seed, examine it, reevaluate it, and then distribute its contents to the public.