what’s the scientific term for “natural” in “natural blonde”

Jim Rogers (a famous investor) is very enamored with the natural blondeness of his current (third) wife. See here: and here: I once came across an interview of his where he described her as a “something blonde”. I had to look up something in the dictionary and it referred to genetics related to blondeness, and … Read more

Do I have to use “I” or “we” when orally presenting my scientific thesis written by a single author?

I know that in a scientific paper or thesis made by a single author, it is common to use we. (This is also recommended at our university.) But what about when you alone are presenting a thesis work orally? At first glance, it is quite odd to use we when the work is written only … Read more

Neologism: I am introducing a new term in my thesis for a concept but I am cautious

Is it arrogant in writing to explicitly say I came up with the term? Fear of appearing arrogant made me think to just say: X will be used throughout the thesis to refer to the concept of Y without informing that no one has used it before. What do you think? Any alternatives to introduce … Read more

An alternative for genetive case with of in scientific writing

I am writing a scientific paper and have a following dillema between two sentences: Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the effect of the mutual coupling in the proposed application. vs. Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the effect the mutual coupling has in the proposed application. The first option is clearly more formal and … Read more

Why are there vague terms in science and mathematics?

In the sciences and in mathematics there are a great number of words and terms in use that do not, in any literal sense, describe the concept they are meant to describe. Let’s explore the use of “reaction” as it used in chemistry or physics: Yes yes, we all know the commonly USED meanings of … Read more

Opposite of invariant

I look for the opposite of "invariant" in the context of scientific language. If you look at this example sentence: […] Although it is translationally and rotationally invariant, it is not permutationally invariant. […] There is a repetition of the word "invariant" and a double negation. ("not" and "in-" as prefix) Since I could not … Read more

Let us suppose vs Suppose

When should we use "Let us suppose", and when "Suppose" in science academic articles? Example 1: Suppose the electric field lines in a region of space are straight lines. or Let us suppose the electric field lines in a region of space are straight lines. Example 2: Let us suppose the particle is in a … Read more

The use of the term “agreeability” when comparing two results

I’m writing a scientific paper about two obtained results: an experimental result and a numerical one. Because the two agree well with each other, I may use the term "agreeability" to describe their relation. For instance, I may write "a good agreeability of the numerical result with the experimental one was achieved". However, after searching … Read more

how to avoid repetition in comparing two things in a line graph

I have a problem with repetition for describing this graph. This graph represents the strong ground motion acceleration (vertical axes) over the period (the horizontal axes) for different return periods with and without incorporating an effect called the directivity effect. Dashed lines are the ones including the directivity effect and solid lines do not contain … Read more

using article “the” before three scientific methods

I dove into similar questions but didn’t find the exact question. I am writing my paper and I know that "the" should be used before methods, but how could it be when there are 3 methods consecutively in a sentence? I was wondering if you could let me know which of them is true. We … Read more