Often referred to as ‘pop science,’ popular science is intended for a general audience and is far broader than scientific journalism, despite being written by journalists or academic professionals.
It bridges the gap between scientific research and the realms of popular cultural discourse and often comes in forms such as books, film and television documentaries, magazine articles and website pages. It aims to capture the accuracy of science as we know it while making it much more accessible and enjoyable to those who have an interest in it but might struggle with the extreme technicalities.
The main purpose of scientific literature is to provide information and persuade people the validity of scientific observations and conclusions, sometimes even other scientists in other fields. On the other hand, popular science is unique and takes a factual tone which is absent from scientific literature.
Popular science can also be written by people who aren’t scientists, and by those who may have a limited understanding of the subject, they are attempting to interpret. However, identifying misleading popular science is quite tricky among non-experts, which helps to maintain the blurred boundaries between real science and pseudoscience. Although, often a non-scientist creates better popular science because of their ability to be able to empathise with the readers who won’t necessarily be knowledgeable on the topic they are writing about.
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