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Popular science is interpretation of science intended for a general audience, rather than for other scientists or students. Popular science is presented in many formats, including television documentaries and magazine articles. The quality of popular science varies widely. The best popular science is produced by people skilled in both science and communication who approach the subject from a neutral point of view. Science in the broadest sense refers to any system of knowledge attained by verifiable means. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Some popular science can be very misleading. Some is produced by people with limited understanding of the subject they are interpreting. Some is produced by people who are extremely biased. Unfortunately, it can be hard for the non-expert to identify misleading popular science. In the case of medical research, results are often presented in the press without adequate context. Popular science may also blur the boundaries between formal science and pseudoscience. Phrenology is regarded today as a classic example of pseudoscience. ...

Notable popularizers of science

Isaac Asimov, Ph. ... Sir David Frederick Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS (born on May 8, 1926 in London, England) is one of the worlds best known broadcasters and naturalists. ... Bill Bryson in Durham; behind are University College (Durham Castle) and the Cathedral William Bill McGuire Bryson (born December 8, 1951) is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on scientific subjects. ... See: Jack Cohen, biologist and special effects consultant. ... Paul Charles William Davies (born April 22, 1946) is a British-born, internationally acclaimed physicist, writer and broadcaster, who holds the position of Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University, Sydney. ... Clinton Richard Dawkins (born March 26, 1941) is an eminent British ethologist, evolutionary theorist, and popular science writer who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. ... Jared Mason Diamond (born 10 September 1937) is an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, biogeographer and nonfiction author. ... One of Sir Arthur Stanley Eddingtons papers announced Einsteins theory of general relativity to the English-speaking world. ... Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 in Queens, New York – February 15, 1988 in Los Angeles, California) (surname pronounced FINE-man; in IPA) was an influential American physicist known for expanding greatly on the theory of quantum electrodynamics, particle theory, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium. ... George Gamow (pronounced GAM-off) (March 4, 1904 – August 19, 1968) , born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov (Георгий Антонович Гамов) was a Ukrainian born physicist and cosmologist. ... Stephen Jay Gould Stephen Jay Gould (September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002) was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, historian of science, and professor. ... Brian Greene Brian Greene (born February 9, 1963, New-York), is a physicist and one of the worlds foremost string theorists. ... Dr. John Gribbin (1946 - ) is a British science writer and a visiting Fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. ... Heinz Haber (May 15, 1913–February 13, 1990) was a German astrophysicist who primarily became famous for his TV programs and books about physics and environmental subjects. ... Professor Michio Kaku Michio Kaku(Kanji: 加來 道雄, born January 24, 1947 in the United States) is a Japanese American theoretical physicist, tenured professor, and co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory. ... Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS (born 8 January 1942) is a theoretical physicist. ... Douglas Richard Hofstadter (born February 15, 1945) is an American academic. ... Robert Matthews (1778–1841) was a United States religious con artist whose aliases included Robert Matthias, Jesus Matthias, Matthias the Prophet, and Joshua the Jewish Minister. ... Sir Patrick Moore presenting The Sky at Night, October 2005 Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, CBE, HonFRS, FRAS (born 4 March 1923), known as Patrick Moore, is an English amateur astronomer who has attained legendary status in British astronomy as a writer, organizer and presenter of the subject. ... Tor Nørretranders (born June 20, 1955) is a Danish author of popular science. ... Bill Nye the Science Guy William S. Bill Nye, also known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American television program host, scientist, and mechanical engineer. ... Steven Pinker Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954, in Montreal, Canada) is a prominent American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, and popular science writer known for his spirited and wide-ranging defence of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind. ... Matthew (Matt) Ridley (born February 7, 1958 at Newcastle upon Tyne) (not to be confused with Mark Ridley) is an English science writer. ... Oliver Sacks Oliver Wolf Sacks (born July 9, 1933, London) is a neurologist who has written popular books about his patients. ... Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astrobiologist, and highly successful science popularizer. ... Ian Stewart, FRS (b. ... Dr. David Suzuki Dr. David Takayoshi Suzuki, CC, OBC, Ph. ... Colin Tudge (born 22 April 1943) is a biologist by training and a British science writer who is the author of numerous works on food, agriculture, genetics, and species diversity. ... Dr. Neil Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson (b. ... The Right Honourable Robert Maurice Lipson Winston, Baron Winston (born 15 July 1940 to Jewish parents) is a British scientist and politician, and is currently a Professor of Human Fertility at Imperial College London. ... Kirsten Sanford ‎ Kirsten Sanford is research scientist in neurophysiology at the University of California, Davis and is a specialist in learning and memory. ...

Other kinds of popular science

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Sources of popular science

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Popular science is interpretation of science intended for a general audience, rather than for other scientists or students.
The best popular science is produced by people skilled in both science and communication who approach the subject from a neutral point of view.
Popular science may also blur the boundaries between formal science and pseudoscience.
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But science can't flourish without the support of the wider community and so we are committed to involving everyone in learning about and debating UK science.
As developments in science have an increasing impact on our daily lives, it is becoming even more important that we have an appreciation of and the chance to discuss these innovations.
As the UK’s leading independent science organisation, the Royal Society is able to provide advice to government on all aspects of science.
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