The first, Science Controversies Past and Present by Steven Sherwood, is an interesting piece on the history of public reaction to major paradigm shifts in scientific theory. Having worked to communicate climate issues for the public, politicians, and decision makers for several years, I found this to be a fascinating article, especially the discussion of public reaction to Einstein's theory of general relativity and how Einstein stopped giving public lectures for a while out of fear for his personal safety.
The second, Communicating the Science of Climate Change by Richard Somerville and Susan Joy Hassol argues that it is essential that climate scientists better communicate their findings to the public. A number of issues are discussed and a table presented summarizing some important terms that have different meanings for scientists and the public.
|Source: Somerville and Hassol (2011)|