Faculty Advisor

Trimbur, John


The project explores the genre of popular science through the production of a popular science article and a guide for writing popular science. The popular science article, "The Origin of HIV," written for Scientific American with accompanying graphics and page design, discusses current theories of HIV origin. The "Guide to Writing Popular Science" introduces the rhetorical situation, the classic rhetorical appeals, and the practice of rhetoric in popular science. Three popular science articles are analyzed, and several book chaprters and articles on popularizing science are included.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Program

Humanities and Arts