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May 18, 1964

The Languages of Science: A Survey of Techniques of Communication

JAMA. 1964;188(7):696. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060330076034

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The term "communication" arouses more and more popular interest. In England a recent series of popular lectures discussed various facets of our present knowledge about the subject. The lecturers represented a high level of talent, including three Nobel prize winners.

Forcibly borne in upon the reader is the tremendous scope of "communication" and the different strata involved therein. There is, for example, the communication between two individuals, and the problems that arise from differences in culture, background, and specialized training. The gap between cultures poses serious problems. In this connection it is important to understand the extent to which the "language of science" offers means of communication. Clearly related is the question: How can we transfer scientific information from the scientists to the masses?

Or the emphasis can be markedly shifted into many other disciplines. How do animals communicate? The conditioned reflex is one biologically important mode of impressing messages

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