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Benjamin Kolp: “A Response to Jamie Zvirzdin’s ‘Observations of a Science Editor’”

Science and Fiction: A Two-Way Street Jamie Zvirzdin’s essay shows how, in scientific papers, literary tools like metaphor can help explain confusing scientific topics. Similarly, in fiction, metaphors from science can offer insight into human nature. It’s a two-way street,… Continue reading ?
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