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Italian translation of A Scientific Guide to the 'Skeptics Handbook'

Posted on 9 July 2010 by John Cook

A second translation of A Scientific Guide to the 'Skeptics Handbook' is now available, this time into Italian. Many thanks to Italian scientist Luigi Ciattaglia who did the translation. Luigi also asked if it was possible to have an Italian version that he could print out so there's also an A4 printable version of the Italian translation.

Just to let you know a little about Luigi, he was a meteorologist with the Italian Met Service, starting measurements of CO2 at Mount Cimone in Italy. He then became a senior scientist at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) of the Italian National Research Council. In 1992, he installed a station in Lampedusa, Sicily, to measure greenhouse gases and ozone. He’s also worked in Antarctica, installing a station to measure stratospheric ozone and UV at Belgrano in 1992 and a CO2 monitoring station at the Antarctic station Jubany in 1994. He gets around!

If anyone is interested in translating the Guide into other languages, please contact me. There are now efforts to translate into Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Icelandic, Japanese, Polish, Portugese, Spanish, Swedish and Thai. A Czech version has just been completed (we're now trying to make sure I got all those quirky Czech characters right).

If you do wish to translate the Guide, you can download the Word document, translate it and email me the translation. I'll then insert the translated text into the existing design and email back a PDF to check that it all came out right. But best first to contact me to ensure noone else is already working on your language.

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Comments 1 to 3:

  1. An yet Nova naively trumpets on her blog that the Scientific guide feel short. I suspect that she didn't even read it - merely saw the graph. Keep up the great work!
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    Response: She definitely read it. I'll write a response to her response but it'll be a few days - several other tasks rank higher on the to-do list right now.
  2. That's fair enough.. I also wrote about a post comparing both handbooks (point to point comparison) and elaborated to make it clear that she didn't survive another attack - your handbook sunk hers. :)
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    Response: Here's a link to your blog post for those interested in a 3rd party comparison of the Skeptics Handbook vs A Scientific Guide to the Skeptics Handbook. Thanks for dropping by and letting us know about the post.
  3. Sorry - I wasn't trying to advertise. But I hope you felt that I did your work justice.
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    Response: Advertise away, your blog post was very relevant - I had to go searching around just to track it down so please post URLs next time :-)

    I thought yours was a great post - I like how you took the very brief explanations (intentionally very brief) in the Scientific Guide and fleshed them out in further detail.

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