Magazines like Astronomy do a wonderful job making neat science accessible to the public, but that’s not always such a great thing. Slick press releases and well-written articles about fun discoveries can make science look easy; it’s anything but.
I’m not talking about the difficulty of the subject matter itself, although the chasm between a popular article and the science it describes can be vast. I’m talking about the human experience of doing science, which can be brutal.
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