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Terms that have different meanings for scientists (Read 3766 times)
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Terms that have different meanings for scientists
25.10.11 at 16:17:38
 
Terms that have different meanings for scientists and the public
 
Scientific term      enhance
Public meaning      improve
Better choice      intensify, increase
 
Scientific term      aerosol
Public meaning      spray can
Better choice      tiny atmospheric particle
 
Scientific term      positive trend
Public meaning      good trend
Better choice      upward trend
 
Scientific term      positive feedback
Public meaning      good response, praise
Better choice      vicious cycle, self-reinforcing cycle
 
Scientific term      theory
Public meaning      hunch, speculation
Better choice      scientific understanding
 
Scientific term      uncertainty
Public meaning      ignorance
Better choice      range
 
Scientific term      error
Public meaning      mistake, wrong, incorrect
Better choice      difference from exact true number
     
Scientific term      bias
Public meaning      distortion, political motive
Better choice      offset from an observation
 
Scientific term      sign
Public meaning      indication, astrological sign
Better choice      plus or minus sign
 
Scientific term      values
Public meaning      ethics, monetary value
Better choice      numbers, quantity
 
Scientific term      manipulation
Public meaning      illicit tampering
Better choice      scientific data processing
 
Scientific term      scheme
Public meaning      devious plot
Better choice      systematic plan
 
Scientific term      anomaly
Public meaning      abnormal occurrence
Better choice      change from long-term average
 
 
Source:
Table 1 in http://www.physicstoday.org/resource/1/phtoad/v64/i10/p48_s1?bypassSSO=1
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