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Science communication
What every scientist can do and a physicists' experience

Lui Lam   San Jose State University

Since 1994, I have made an effort to merge my research as a working physicist with science communication (SC) activities. SC has helped my research and changed it in very exciting ways, leading to the creation of histophysics and my enlightenment in the history of science. My experience is described, and six recommendations are offered for others: (1) integrate popular science (PS) books into science teaching, (2) inject PS talks in departmental seminars or set up a separate series, (3) set up a university-wide PS lecture series, (4) give PS talks, (5) contribute to the scholarship of SC, and (6) merge science with the humanities. The first four can be practiced easily by every science professor, the fourth by all scientists, and the last two by some of them.

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