The Author of Writing Life Science in a Simple Way
Park Jong-hyeon (Department of Life Science, 4th year)
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There is a student who wrote two books during his college years and is on a road to writing many more based upon his expertise. Meet Park Jong-hyeon (Department of Life Science, 4th year), an undergraduate at Hanyang University and the author of Writing Life Science in a Simple Way, a book which serves as much knowledge as it can convey on the difficult discipline of life science in simple wordings.
Fresh Water Story of a Water Drop was the first book written by Park and was published in 2013 when he was still in high school. He ran an online community in which he wrote many articles that deliver useful biological information to his community members. He wrote about how to raise organisms and was asked by the Biological Research Information Center (BRIC) to write a column that would later become his first book.
He started writing his second book during his second year at Hanyang. He had done many activities in the form of talent or education donation, including science education volunteer work that was funded by the Ministry of Education. He had to explain science concepts in detail during these volunteer jobs, which solidified the basis for him to transfer spoken descriptions into written work later when writing a book. He mostly used the summer and winter breaks to jot something down. It took a total of four years to complete Writing Life Science in a Simple Way, which was published in February of this year.
He picked the possibility of delivering erroneous information in his book as the part that concerned him the most. This was driven by the incident when one of his several columns was uploaded on Naver with faulty information. After such a mistake, he was determined to deliver only proven facts in his book, and he read all related readings three to four months prior to the date of publication to confirm that was the case. Other than that, he always deliberated on how to attract the public and to make sure people easily understood his book.
Writing Life Science in a Simple Way covers a wide range of science knowledge in a concise manner. “Students who dream of becoming a scientist will surely find this book helpful,” said Park. He targeted teenagers, and included in his book sections regarding high school life science subject one and two, the story of dinosaurs, bioethanol, state of the art technology related to life science, and newly discovered facts on organisms. Textbooks tend to only recite facts, whereas Park tried to weave daily phenomena into life science. You can also obtain insight into the author’s opinion regarding ethical issues of controversial topics like clone technology, gene manipulation, genetically modified organism and more.
A new book is to be published around next summer, containing general explanations of science and its impact on society. It will also accommodate content about the ambiguity of science, such as how nuclear energy can produce electricity at a cheap price, and yet the aftereffect of atom bombs still stays intact today. Park plans on going to graduate school and studying science journalism or science communicology, which combines two things he loves: science and writing. Park recommends to those who major in science related fields--to stay away from restricting oneself to one subject but to try various things. “My goal is to reach as far as I can go. Write a book. Go to graduate school, and maybe one day, I’ll naturally become someone distinct. My motto is to be diligent right this moment,” said Park.
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Photos by Kim Ju-eun
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