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

When I think about what makes science writing beautiful to me (and that beauty might exist in a poem or in a textbook), it’s tone that comes first to mind. Tone of reverence, tones of inclusion and generosity. If there… Continue reading ?
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