Science 101: How is reading science books different from reading other kinds of books?

by: William C. Robertson, Ph.D.

A good history book tells a story, much like a good novel. In reading those stories, one is able to read through the text relatively quickly and still get the main points. Science reading is a much slower process. You read science texts to understand specific concepts, and usually few of the words on a page are wasted; just about every word can be significant for understanding the concept at hand. This month’s column includes research findings to back up this view of science reading, and provides strategies for reading like an expert.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2007Stock # sc07_045_03_54Volume 045Issue 03

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