By Gregg Sapp

According to the often-cited have to enhance technological know-how literacy within the usa, this ebook examines how renowned technological know-how info assets give a contribution to this objective and recommends approximately 2,500 major titles--70 percentage released when you consider that 1990--representing all fields of contemporary technology. This consultant offers librarians, educators, and different info experts with an knowing of technological know-how literacy, in addition to the data of the abilities and ideas essential to evaluation works of well known technology. The annotated bibliographies are prepared into 9 topic parts and symbolize the physique of present, major renowned literature for the whole self-discipline, together with reference works, autobiography and biography, historical past of the self-discipline, and particular themes in the self-discipline. Nonprint assets are evaluated to boot. This paintings should be invaluable for assortment improvement, making reference techniques, and designing programmatic studying actions and is meant for public, highschool, neighborhood collage, and faculty and college librarians, in addition to for technological know-how lecturers. Librarians and data experts needs to improve consultant collections and have the ability to assessment and suggest medical info assets successfully. This paintings is exclusive in constructing a unifying contextual history and linking well known technology library collections to technology literacy. half One, medical details, renowned technology, and lifetime studying, discusses historic and present matters concerning well known technological know-how, technological know-how literacy, and knowledge assets. incorporated is the main exhaustive dialogue on hand of ways to guage works of well known technology. half , topic publications to well known details assets, is an annotated bibliography of 2,500 prompt print and nonprint works commonly technology, astronomy and area sciences, organic sciences, chemistry, arithmetic, medication and future health sciences, traditional heritage, physics, and know-how and utilized technological know-how. each one center access features a whole bibliographic quotation, a 25-75 observe descriptive and evaluative annotation, and a listing of overview assets. Annotations contemplate the resource's point of relevance, scope, comprehensibility, and strong point, and evaluate assets, specifically the ways that they supplement or distinction with each other. extra urged titles include a short annotation.

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Is designed to stand up to academic scrutiny without letting the general reader see the effort involved in gaining that legitimacy. Who is this general reader? Someone who appreciates the subtleties of language but does not want to keep getting up to go to the dictionary. Someone who knows perfectly well that complex ideas can usually be expressed without gobbledygook. Someone who wants to feel that reading is conversation, not lecture or catechism. 9 He intends his book to be accessible to anybody, from young adult to senior citizen, who is willing to spend some time with it.

S. Haldane, a brilliant geneticist and a prolific popularizer, wrote: ‘‘You must . . know a great deal more about your subject than you put on paper. . ’’25 He might have added that in doing so you must take care not to misrepresent or trivialize the information. ’’26 In a nutshell, effective popular science must adhere to Haldane’s demand for clarity and Gould’s ‘‘rules’’ on accuracy. This is not an easy prescription. Effective popular science, in any medium, results from the skilled application Scientific Communication 29 of communications techniques.

22. Bruce V. ,’’ American Scientist 76 (September/October 1988): 447– 449. 23. ’’ 24. Gregory, Bruce. Inventing Reality: Physics as Language (New York: Wiley, 1988). 25. S. Haldane, ‘‘How to Write a Popular Scientific Article,’’ in On Being the Right Size and Other Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985), 154–160. 26. Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus, preface, 11. Chapter Three Understanding Popular Science Information Resources People get information about science from many resources. Librarians are quite familiar with most of these resources, which include books, periodicals, newspapers, and videotapes.

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