How should astronomers communicate their work?

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How should astronomers communicate their work?
« on: 27/07/2011 00:01:02 »
How should astronomers go about communicating their work?  Mark Thompson is President of Norwich Astronomical Society, a regular on the BBC’s The One Show, and recently was one of the team, alongside professor Brian Cox and Comedian Dara o’Briain on “Stargazing Live!”  At this year’s National Astronomy Meeting, he took his presenting skills to a new audience – astronomy academics…
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« Reply #1 on: 27/07/2011 10:05:14 »
I wish they would use SI units not things like ergs, Angstroms and Parasecs
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« Reply #2 on: 27/07/2011 10:12:27 »
Agree with Syhprum - also wasn't convinced in the need to provide potentially-misleading but easily understood heuristics rather than more difficult but correct maths'n'stuff.  Most of the public engagement with astronomy/science is with the astonishing facts/pictures etc - those who wish to delve deeper should not be patronised by being offered a science-lite to lure them in further. 
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« Reply #3 on: 28/07/2011 10:56:09 »
"How should astronomers communicate their work?"

With pleasure :)
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