[Image Credit: Kelly Slivka]
Welcome to the very first installment of a podcast dedicated to exploring the language of science.
We all use a good amount of scientific terminology every day without necessarily knowing just what we’re saying. Who came up with these words? Why? What do the terms really mean? This is the mire we will be tangled in.
The first word we’re looking at is that ubiquitous ambiguity, “cell.”
The word “cell” is used routinely by everyone, second grader to neuroscientist, on a daily basis to refer to a whole kit and caboodle of items: body cells, battery cells, fuel cells, the cells at Sing Sing, and the cells in your finances spreadsheet.
More recently, the word has achieved ultra-celebrity status with the arrival of the cell phone. Ever wonder why we call it that?