Of course science has it's vocabulary, the euphemisms for "well, actually we don't know" and "we have found that these other folks were completely wrong", and there are the "um"s and "uh"s of talks when we need a pause to collect our thoughts again. But then there are the "so"s. I hadn't really thought about it, being such a little unassuming word, but it carries many meanings, and potentially great weight.

So, without further ado, click over to Seed magazine's article on "so":

Seed: "So"


DancingFish said...

About halfway through last semester, I caught myself starting every slide with 'So.' I had to actively stop myself and now am very sensitive to it in talks I see. Great article!

physics*chick said...

I've done that too. I tried to take out the "um"s and I ended up just replacing them with "so"s. So. It happens to everyone!