October 10's blog post made me wonder: to what extent can you use and quote (scientific) information found in other books?I'm thinking about a situation where you use another book as a source of information for a different narrative and rephrase said information in your own style. That you properly attribute the other book as the source, goes beyond saying.
The standard in science is to quote (not rephrase) and cite.
That is if you're using an explanation of a scientific concept, you quote the explanation and then cite the person who published it.
This falls under fair use for scholarly purposes.
But if you're discussing how gravity works, you don't have to quote and cite Isaac Newton.
Some things are in the general body knowledge: gravity, history dates, that the Sexiest Man Alive should be given in perpetuity to Idris Elba.
How do you know which is which? There's the fun part.
Have citations at the ready in case you're asked. Facts are not proprietary.