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Oct 15, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 18)

SAW - Science and Art Writing

  • Thorough approach
  • A bit weak in some content areas
As noted above, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation in the press regarding science and scientists. Helping to sort the wheat from the chaff is SAW, with its initiative to break down traditional barriers between the arts and the sciences. Toward this end, the site provides profiles of artists and scientists side by side on the page and glamorizes the important role of writers who help to communicate scientific information broadly. A section specific to teachers is important and wide ranging (numerous high schools in the U.K.). To stimulate creative interactions between the arts and the sciences, SAW provides a competition on poetry. While the offerings seemed to me to be a little on the thin side, SAW is, nevertheless, an informative site for anyone interested in the relationship between the arts and the sciences.
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