"It seems to be characteristic of the impact of scientific discovery on the literary world and on popular culture that certain items of vocabulary, interpreted vaguely or incorrectly, are often the principal survivors of the journey from the technical publication to the popular magazine or paperback. The important qualifications and distinctions, and sometimes the actual ideas themselves, tend to get lost along the way. Witness the popular uses of "ecology" and "quantum jump," to say nothing of the New Age expression "energy field." Of course, one can argue that words like "chaos" and "energy" antedate their use as technical terms, but it is the technical meanings that are being distorted in the process of vulgarization, not the original senses of the words."
— Murray Gell-Mann, The Quark and the Jaguar

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"It seems to be characteristic of the impact of scientific discovery on the literary world and on popular culture that certain items of vocabulary, interpreted vaguely or incorrectly, are often the principal survivors of the journey from the technical publication to the popular magazine or paperback. The important qualifications and distinctions, and sometimes the actual ideas themselves, tend to get lost along the way. Witness the popular uses of "ecology" and "quantum jump," to say nothing of the New Age expression "energy field." Of course, one can argue that words like "chaos" and "energy" antedate their use as technical terms, but it is the technical meanings that are being distorted in the process of vulgarization, not the original senses of the words."

— Murray Gell-Mann, The Quark and the Jaguar

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