Cultures and languages: the worldview of science

Fetzer, John
February 2004
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Feb2004, Vol. 378 Issue 3, p545
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the language and cultural aspect in scientific researches. In earlier days, much work was published in German and significant amounts were also published in French and Russian. English has grown in the past two decades to be the common language of most scientists, being either the primary or secondary one for almost every researcher. Being multilingual is an asset in networking with those for whom English is a second language. In order to gain some cultural awareness, scientists should read about the history, society, and current happenings in other countries. One rule of thumb is not to avoid cultural issues and aspects, but to understand and handle them appropriately.


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