As part of the college Taalanalyse en tekstredactie (Language analysis and text editing) I created a report, a nota, about editing scientific papers about astronomy and astrophysics so they transform into an article or book that's readable for the general public.
First I wonder why it would be useful to popularize at all, and give four arguments to do it. I demonstrate these arguments by using them on LOFAR. After it's clear why you would want to do this, I wonder who would undertake such a task.
Then I look at ten different techniques as have been identified the past years to popularize science, concerning for example the way language an images are used. Then I look at one article and two books, and look at how these techniques are applied in them.
This report is very short, and left me unsatisfied. The urge to research deeper into this subject led me to my master thesis, where took a broader approach.
Computer programs used
In the research and writing process, I used these computer programs:
LaTeX: LaTeX is a document markup language and document preparation system. In contrast to wysiwyg text editors such as Word, you only see the result after compiling the source. But once you created a template or framework, you can reuse it and thus concentrate on the text and contents of the text, instead of having to trouble yourself with trivialities like the placement of illustrations or footnotes.
Gimp: Gimp is an image retouching and editing tool.