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What is shorthand?

 

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If you’re like me, as a child you wondered, “What is shorthand?  And if there’s shorthand, why is there longhand?”  I couldn’t understand why, if there is a system of writing that is so much faster and shorter, we didn’t just use that one.  I also couldn’t imagine how the loose-looking squiggles, loops,  and sloped lines that made up shorthand could refer to words and sentences.  Well, now that I’m in the transcribing business, I know a little something which I will share with fellow-wonderers.

 

What is shorthand ?

 

According to reporter Dennis Hollier, shorthand “is a way of compressing language. You are the machine that does the encoding and decoding. And your brain can do it in real time at very, very high speeds.”  It allows practitioners to write more than twice as fast as they can in longhand– up to the record-breaking 280 wpm!

The most popular systems of shorthand were used for about a hundred years following their invention in the mid-19th century.  Shorthand was a primary method of transcription from dictation and discourse.  Every secretary used it, for medical transcription, business transcription, legal transcription.  As keyboard transcription became faster and more portable, handwritten shorthand has become less favored, but some people still rely on it.  (See Dennis Hollier’s article on using shorthand with a smart pen!)

 

Carmen Perry

 

Sources:

 

http://www.galleryofshorthand.org/history.html

www.alysion.org

How to Write 225 Words Per Minute With a Pen

Dennis Hollier Jun 24 2014 theatlantic.com
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How does shorthand work?

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Making sense phonetically

Shorthand (also called stenography) refers to systems of writing which symbolize sounds, words and phrases, speeding up the process of writing.  There are several systems of shorthand, invented at different times, each promising more efficiency in transcribing spoken dictation or dialogue to text.  Two popular types in North America and Europe are Pitman and Gregg.

Pitman shorthand

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http://long-live-pitmans-shorthand.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html

 

Gregg shorthand

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Most shorthand systems are phonetic.  English often has multiple ways of spelling the same sound.  (For example, look at the sound ‘sh’ in these words: crustacean, potion, shell, machine, crucial, tissue, fission…and there are more.)  Shorthand systems use one symbol per sound, reducing the number of symbols that make up a word.  They also use the simplest possible symbols – one stroke, perhaps, rather than three.  Words are abbreviated–often vowels are omitted.  Some shorthand systems produce writing that is as complete and explicit in meaning as longhand, if you know how to read it.  Other systems, such as the widely used Gregg, must be transcribed into longhand soon after writing, or the meaning of the transcript may become difficult to glean.  Accuracy depends on memory and context.

 

Carmen Perry

 

Sources:

http://www.galleryofshorthand.org/history.html

www.alysion.orgHow to Write 225 Words Per Minute With a Pen

Dennis Hollier Jun 24 2014 theatlantic.com

 

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The Feynman Lectures
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Famous Transcripts in History:  The Feynman Lectures

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Part 4:  Catch on to that idea!

Physicist Matthew Sands, one of the authors of the Lectures, has told the story of the book’s genesis in a memoir, and in his own oral history in the American Institute of Physics archive, (another audio-to-text transcript well worth reading).

He says the idea was to teach some of the thrilling new physics of the time – atomic physics and quantum theory – to undergraduates at the California Institute of Technology, instead of making them wait until graduate school.

Sands had the idea to ask Feynman to give the first-year lectures – an unusual and inspired choice, given that Feynman was in high demand at the graduate level at Caltech.  But Sands knew they could make use of Feynman’s brilliance as a speaker, and his sense of humor, to make the ‘modern’ physics accessible.

In his oral history*, Sands tells this story:  “Now, listen, Richard,”  I said, “You’ve spent 40 years of your life trying to understand nature, and now here’s your chance to distill it down and make it available…This is your chance to make a big impact.”  And he seemed to catch on to that idea and was interested.  He got interested.  The next day he came back to me and said, “Yeah, well, maybe we could do this.”

 But how could they do it?  See Part 5!

Ellen Park

*Interview of Matthew Sands by Finn Aaserud on May 4 and 5, 1987,

Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics,

College Park, MD USA,

http://www.aip.org/history/ohilist/5052.html

 

 

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 The Feynman Lectures
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Part 3:  You get the idea

How do you make complex, unfamiliar ideas intriguing, understandable, and entertaining? Speak about them!

 The Feynman Lectures on Physics may be the best-selling physics book ever, and it owes at least some of its magic to the fact that it was made from audio recordings turned into transcripts.

“[The lectures] have been studied worldwide by novices and mature physicists alike; they have been translated into at least a dozen languages with more than 1.5 millions copies printed in the English language alone. Perhaps no other set of physics books has had such wide impact, for so long,” says Kip Thorne in his introduction to the New Millennium Edition.

 (In case you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, chapters include “The relation of wave and particle viewpoints,” “The hyperfine splitting in hydrogen,” and “Quantum behavior.”)

 The Feynman Lectures on Physics, first published in 1964, was created from edited verbatim transcripts of lectures by the eminent physicist Richard Feynman, famous for his work on quantum electrodynamics, and for his great ability to explain.

 Read Part 4 to hear how the lectures came about in the first place…

Ellen Park

 

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Famous Transcripts in History:  The Feynman Lectures Part 2

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Part 2:  Clarity is temporary

People loved to hear him talk.Feynman_2553738b

Physicist Richard Feynman was famous for his storytelling, his jokes, and his timing. (Oh yeah, and a little thing called quantum electrodynamics.)

His lectures on the mind-bending principles of physics were unusually illuminating.  So why transcribe them?  In a transcript from an interview published in Feynman’s Tips on Physics, his colleague Robert Leighton describes it like this:

“Feynman has a peculiar property, which is that at the time he’s explaining something, it appears very clear and transparent–you can see how everything fits, and you go away feeling very good about it…about two hours later…it’s all gone and you’re hungry again.”

Leighton says listening to Feynman on a topic was like “bringing the thing out into reality only for a limited time, and then watching it sink back into the sea!”

As the interviewer Heidi Aspaturian puts it, the taped and transcribed lectures were a way “to get him out of the vacuum permanently.”

Sometimes a transcript of a talk or lecture can bring the best from both worlds – the spiritedness of transient speech, and the clarity and permanence of writing.  Yes, in transcription, language exhibits the qualities of both a particle and a wave!

Tune in next time to see how Feynman’s lectures became of The Feynman Lectures!

Ellen Park

 

 

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Part 1:  Richard Feynman and the gift of gabThe Feynman Lectures

Did you know that one of the most popular physics books in the world is based on audio to text transcripts?

The Feynman Lectures on Physics was written from tape recordings of dynamic lectures to eager young students at Caltech in the early sixties.

World-renowned physicist Richard Feynman’s gift for intuitive explanations is legendary – you now hear phrases like “the Feynman of drumming” or “the Feynman of math” used to describe great explainers within and across their fields of expertise.

As one reviewer, James Gleick, put it in the New York Times:  “Feynman did not write, he talked.  Even his scientific texts began with the spoken word of the storyteller – they were always collaborations, created through the midwifery of friends with tape recorders.”

Sometimes natural speech is the best way to capture and communicate complex ideas. Liveliness and logic flow easily when someone sets out to communicate face-to-face.  That’s why so many academics, religious institutions, teachers, corporate presenters, and lecturers and writers of all kinds, can make such good use of transcription services.

But if the lectures were luminous, why transcribe them?  Find out in Part 2: Clarity is temporary!

Ellen Park

 

 

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