Write Simple

One does not simply explain your research‘Complex scientific concepts explained using only the thousand most used words in the English language.’ says the header of an interesting blog that is an extreme version of explaining one’s work in simple words. It was back in my Masters that I was made aware of the importance of doing so, courtesy my guide. He pushed us to explain our research lucidly to a layman or a colleague. I’m not sure how good I was, but it was always a good conversation starter!

This blog is a good opportunity to begin and I’m surely going to try it out. Here is the link. The real challenge is to write about your work without using words that you generally take for granted, such as ‘species’ or ‘behaviour’. Curiously the f-word was allowed (not that it matters to explain your work though)!

In case you needed a push to write about your work, here is one –

“Have you ever wondered, where did all the different kind of living things, that makes life exciting and even more interesting, came from? the kinds we see today, either in the deep blue waters or in the deep tree covered areas of the world, were not made by god, but have come to being through several hundreds and years of change caused within each life. But, change is just one reason for the different kinds of life, the strong reason is this thing of one life becoming two. The reasons behind these are many. Many people are working towards understanding these reasons. I am one of them.” – S.P. Vijaykumar’s submitted post

If you do end up submitting a post there, do paste it in the comments of this blog too.

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6 comments

  1. samira2007

    Here’s my post on Ten Hundred Words of Science:

    “I study a flying animal that makes sounds like other flying animals. Even though it has its own sounds, that no other flying animal makes, it often makes the sounds of other kinds of animals.
    There are many flying animals in the world that make the sounds of other flying animals, but most of them do so to get she-animals of their kind to come and make babies with them. Apparently, the she-animals of some kinds of flying animals like to make babies with he-animals that sound like other animals.

    But in the flying animal that I study, both he-animals and she-animals make the sounds of other animals. So this must mean that making the sounds of other animals helps them in many different ways, not just to call each other and make babies.

    So I follow this flying animal, and see what it does when it makes the sounds of other animals. Sometimes it does this when it is looking for food, alone or with other flying animals. Sometimes, it makes those other sounds when it wants to make babies. Other times it makes sounds like other animals when it wants to keep its own babies in its home safe. And sometimes, it makes these other sounds I don’t know why.

    I wonder how this flying animal learnt to use the sounds of other animals in so many different ways. And I also wonder why more flying animals did not learn to do the same.”

    Thanks Viraj for putting this up!

    • torsey

      Good work getting around not using ‘male’, ‘female’ and ‘BIRD’!
      Now if only I post on that blog! I can’t use ‘risk’ or ‘danger’; man this is going to be tough.

  2. torsey

    My post –
    “We live our life not worrying much about our well being. But animals face many problems which can lead to their death. They can be eaten by other animals, not get enough food and water or feel cold.
    There are small animals found all over the world that call in the evening. They make these noises to call the she-animal of their kind and make babies with them. But other animals also hear this call, find that animal using the call and eat it.
    I study who are these other animals, how they hear these calls and how many times are the calling animals eaten.”

  3. harisridhar

    Here’s mine:
    “Most animals like to find food by themselves. Some like to group with others of their own kind to find food. But there are a few that group with other kinds of animals to search for food! Why do they do so? I am trying to find out. Do they find more food this way…or is it because it helps them escape other animals that want to eat them? But why group with other kinds and not with one’s own kind? I am trying to find that out as well. Is it because other kinds help in ways that one’s own kind can’t? Or is there too much fighting over food with one’s own kind? I hope to find out soon.”

    • Manvi

      This was fun! My attempt:
      Some animals like mosquitoes are too busy to take care of each of thier many babies. Instead, they look for the healthiest and safest place where the babies can grow unharmed. I want to know what kind of place is best for mosquito babies to grow. If the place gets too crowded by lots of babies, would they fight for food and space? What if there are baby-eaters lurking in some places? And do mother mosquitoes keep all this in mind when they pick a place?

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