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Science  10 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6231, pp. 192
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa6730

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"You are able to read this sentence." Surely this assertion, which opens Scientific Babel, is self-evident. But as author Michael Gordin goes on to show, there was nothing inevitable about the rise of "global English". Reviewer Lynn Nyhart considers this account of how short-lived language movements, translation efforts, and publication schemes interacted with global geopolitics to make English the language of science… for now.