• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparative Commentary on two Texts about Science

Extracts from this document...


Science and especially physics are very important not only for clever professors, but also for regular people in their day to day life. This is the main idea behind the two texts of section B. The way this idea is blended into the two articles is different though. Text 2a is a section from an essay which tries to answer the question what people should know about science and why. Text 2b comes from an article in the magazine Physics Today and is about the World Year of Physics which is meant to spread physical awareness amongst a wider audience. Both texts are informative, but the audiences the authors want to reach are different. The writer of text 2a deosn't necessarily want to reach a big audience. This shows in the structuree of the text. Immediately in the first paragraph there are some rather complex sentences. ...read more.


In general, the words are quite simple and actual difficult words can't be found. Also, some popular items such as comic books and toys are mentioned. This is not the case in text 2a. Here, plenty of more complex words such as 'circumvented' (line 6) or 'scrutiny' (line 8) are used. This makes the text less accessible, but what contributes to a less open tone even more is the sarcasm the author handles when talking about those people who do not loook at science the way he does. In paragraph three the writes describes these people as 'wistfully'and states they they 'refuse to believe' which indicates a negative attitude towards those who think differently. This attitude also causes the romatic images that could have been called up in paragaph three to be swept away completely before they are even there. The writer talks about 'stars that fill the sky' (line 13) ...read more.


Another aspect the two text have in common is the limited use of stylistic devices. There is some use of alliteration in both texts such as 'specific science' (line 5) in text 2a or 'pioneering papers' (line 6) in text 2b, but it can even be debated if this use was intentionally of mere coincidence. The only apparent use of a stylistic device is the hypophora the author of text 2a applies in the first paragraph to stimulate the audience to read the piece of writing. In conclusion, one can state that even though the two texts have similar themes there are many differences. Probably, most of these are caused by the different points of view the authors of these two texts have regarding to what science should be like. Texts 2a: What is Science, from an essay by Robert L. Park in After the science wars, edited by Keith M. Ashman and Philip S. Baringer (2001) 2b: An article in the magazine Physics Today (Februari 2004) ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Free essay

    Child and Insect by Robert Druce - Commentary

    Almost every line in this poem is enjambed. There are also some run on sentences like, "its dead struts snapped even the brittle lidless eyes crushed into the tangle". Furthermore, the line length is irregular throughout. This was most likely utilized to emphasize the childlike theme that overlays the poem's internal soul.

  2. A Comparative Essay, Discussing The Similarities And Differences Of The Text And Film Adaption ...

    Julia loves to do anything she is not supposed to like wearing makeup, eating chocolate, and partaking in a sexual relationship. Betraying Winston and giving up the physical relationship between them would take the enjoyable sense away from Julia, and probably not be worthwhile for her.

  1. History research - Early Australian bushrangers. English writing -my region and favourite authors.

    Thus, connections are made on a daily basis between ancestors, people, stars and land. The telling of the Dreaming stories reinforces knowledge about the constellations, social behaviour, land formations and sacred places. Indigenous peoples of the World / ???????? ??????????

  2. Comparative Commentary Text 1 Those Winter Sundays, Text 2 The Boat

    Robert Hayden's last lines, with the rhetorical question at the end "What did I know," This quote shows how Hayden has now realized how much effort his father had put into the family, this also shows how Hayden feels that it is too late to do something now that he has realized.

  1. Media Comparative Essay - comparing two news articles

    The phrase ?? about 100 posters? makes it look like Paddy Bitama was very careless in his campaign that he provided small and insignificant amounts of posters. Emotion language in text 3.1, such as ?... got off the list of presidential candidates in a dust of light moments?, conveys subtle yet offensive language.

  2. Swedish. This paper examines the ideological differences between the two major political parties ...

    stilling til den tvivl og de indvendinger dine tilhører bærer, for på den måde at gendrive dem inden de selv siger dem. På den måde viser man at deres tvivl er ubegrundet og at deres indvendinger ikke er rigtige. Et eksempel på dette kan uddrages af talen: ’’I get it.

  1. "Into the Wild"Analysis. Jon Krakauer is an American writer and mountaineer. He has written ...

    When seeing a picture of untamed wilderness representing freedom, ?the picture held an almost pornographic fascination for [him]? (135). When he finally decided to quit his job, he was ?surprised?by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt? (136).

  2. Comparative Commentary. The two Internet articles, the World Trade Organization's Building Trade Capacity ...

    "Introduction" explains why and how the WTO is helping developing countries. "Why is building trade capacity important?"

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work