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English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 


Michael Faraday, 1855

British scientist Michael Faraday addresses the Royal Institution in London in 1855, in a painting by Alexander Blaikley.

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For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed lingua franca of scientific papers, conferences, and discourse.

From Axios
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