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Offline Quantum_Vaccuum

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I belive that the science is what matters not the Catchy titles, but i'd like to know your opinions.

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« Reply #1 on: 09/10/2007 04:01:43 »
i'm not sure i know what you mean

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« Reply #2 on: 09/10/2007 04:10:27 »
Titles for what? A paper, an article or a forum post?

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« Reply #3 on: 09/10/2007 04:34:25 »
all of them

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« Reply #4 on: 09/10/2007 04:38:07 »
As others have said, it depends on the context, but it also depends on the reactions you want.

Catchy titles will bring in readers, but if the title is misleading, then it will also disappoint the readership, and you may have attracted a different readership from that which would have best suited what you wanted to say.

What you have to ask is who are the people whose attention you are trying to attract, and have your title address that readership.

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« Reply #5 on: 09/10/2007 04:42:47 »
ok, makes sense, what about a freshmen paper?

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« Reply #6 on: 10/10/2007 13:18:08 »
For a Fresher's paper I'd like to see a bog-standard title. Certainly at my university, jazzy tabloid-style titles were not taken very well; they should be reserved for books or articles in non-scientific magazines.
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« Reply #7 on: 10/10/2007 15:23:17 »
For a Fresher's paper I'd like to see a bog-standard title. Certainly at my university, jazzy tabloid-style titles were not taken very well; they should be reserved for books or articles in non-scientific magazines.
I would add "popular science magazines" to that list.  There are a lot of magazines in a lot of languages (e.g. "Scientific American") that can not be regarded as "scientific" but are not to be called "non-scientific" either.

But in our days we were advised to start our title with "Contribution to the study of...", which sounds too much like "Invtation to ... pages of boredom".

Well, anybody can come up with a title like "On the electrodynamics of moving objects" (in the original version :  "Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter K÷rper") but few - if any - will be able to produce a paper that is a match to that.
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« Reply #8 on: 10/10/2007 15:51:18 »
You are, of course, correct - relatively speaking  [;)]
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« Reply #9 on: 10/10/2007 18:31:01 »
How would "On the origin of Species" go down these days?

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« Reply #10 on: 11/10/2007 09:27:45 »
How would "On the origin of Species" go down these days?

Probably better than "Hey hey, you're a monkey!"
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« Reply #11 on: 11/10/2007 16:52:54 »

Probably better than "Hey hey, you're a monkey!"

I thought the song was titled "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees". 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0FUvLfxyp0&mode=related&search=

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« Reply #12 on: 11/10/2007 16:54:07 »

Probably better than "Hey hey, you're a monkey!"

I thought the song was titled "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees".  (Somehow this shows my age)

I was paraphrasing for comedic effect
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« Reply #13 on: 11/10/2007 16:58:09 »

Probably better than "Hey hey, you're a monkey!"

I thought the song was titled "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees".  (Somehow this shows my age)

I was paraphrasing for comedic effect

quit monkeying around you two, and just try to be friendly.
(damn you eric  [;)], i have that song in my head now)

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« Reply #14 on: 11/10/2007 18:05:14 »

Probably better than "Hey hey, you're a monkey!"


MINE TOO!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! I loved the monkeys and have not seen those opening episodes for years! LOL LOL!!
I thought the song was titled "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees". 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0FUvLfxyp0&mode=related&search=

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« Reply #15 on: 11/10/2007 18:07:52 »
"PhilosophiŠ Naturalis Principia Mathematica" is quite catchy  [:D]
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« Reply #16 on: 11/10/2007 18:20:51 »

Probably better than "Hey hey, you're a monkey!"

I thought the song was titled "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees".  (Somehow this shows my age)

I was paraphrasing for comedic effect

quit monkeying around you two, and just try to be friendly.
(damn you eric  [;)], i have that song in my head now)

me too!lol

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« Reply #17 on: 11/10/2007 18:27:59 »
"PhilosophiŠ Naturalis Principia Mathematica" is quite catchy  [:D]

It sure got rhythm !  But it's not on YouTube - an my Latin is a bit rusty..
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« Reply #18 on: 11/10/2007 18:33:35 »
"PhilosophiŠ Naturalis Principia Mathematica" is quite catchy  [:D]

sounds like a fancy name for an "Apple Newton", made by Nabisco
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« Reply #19 on: 11/10/2007 18:47:50 »
"PhilosophiŠ Naturalis Principia Mathematica" is quite catchy  [:D]

sounds like a fancy name for an "Apple Newton", made by Nabisco

Conjugate Nabisco:-

Nabisco
Nabiscas
Nabiscat
Nabiscamus
Nabiscatis
Nabiscant

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