Shaping Written Knowledge: The Genre and Activity of the Experimental Article in Science

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University of Wisconsin Press, 1988 - Literary Criticism - 356 pages
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The forms taken by scientific writing help to determine the very nature of science itself. In this closely reasoned study, Charles Bazerman views the changing forms of scientific writing as solutions to rhetorical problems faced by scientists arguing for their findings. Examining such works as the early Philosophical Transactions and Newton's optical writings as well as Physical Review, Bazerman views the changing forms of scientific writing as solutions to rhetorical problems faced by scientists. The rhetoric of science is, Bazerman demonstrates, an embedded part of scientific activity that interacts with other parts of scientific activity, including social structure and empirical experience. This book presents a comprehensive historical account of the rise and development of the genre, and views these forms in relation to empirical experience.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a scientific way of writing, but it's a way of writing within each scientist individually and the community at large. I love telling the scientists (and, better, engineers ... Read full review

Contents

Three Examples
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PART TWO THE EMERGENCE OF LITERARY AND SOCIAL FORMS
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Newton Faces
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Copyright

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Charles Bazerman is Chair and Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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