The chapter offers examples of the English language used as a language for science in the 17th century, that is when the foundation of the Royal Society brought about a radical reform in the use of the language, with the specific purpose of rendering it simpler and clearer. The stylistic and lexical characteristics of contemporary scientific English can be traced back to that process of revision of the language in which scientists such as Hooke, Boyle and Newton were involved. Excerpts from their works are proposed and students are guided to comment on and analyze their linguistic and stylistic aspects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish from Science
EditorsG Bendelli
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • English
  • Royal Society
  • language
  • science


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