Colloquium by Dr. Steve Heard

Friday, February 15th, 3:30pm - Tilley Hall Room 5

What Scientific Writing is: Reflections on the History, Culture, and Practice of Composition in the Natural Sciences

The English Department at UNB Fredericton is pleased to announce that Dr. Steve Heard of the Department of Biology will present a colloquium entitled, "What Scientific Writing is: Reflections on the History, Culture, and Practice of Composition in the Natural Sciences". 

How do scientists write, and how do they think about writing? For many scientists, the answers are "painfully" and "we don't". Fixing the problem inherent in the first answer involves changing the second. I will discuss some aspects of the cultural and historical roots of the scientific-writing form, of the function of the written document in the hands of its readers, and of the writing behaviour of ordinary scientists. I suspect there are similarities but also interesting differences with the culture of writing in the Arts.

The colloquium will take place Friday, February 15, at 3:30 pm in Tilley 5.

All are welcome!