In light of the (somewhat recent) discussion on pop science writing, I’d like to mention that this is a great example of popsci done right.
The writing is clear, to the point, and doesn’t speculate beyond the author’s abilities. Really, its like a well-written abstract: after reading it I have a clear idea of what the paper’s conclusion is, how they reached it, and what the significance is. At the same time, I could send this to my non-tech friends and they’d get all the important bits.
Good on you, Richard Chirgwin. Good on you.
boffin: a person engaged in scientific or technical research.
I learned a new word today!
I think it might be a British thing, they use it on Top Gear alot.