The Craft of Scientific Writing

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Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 29, 1996 - Education - 282 pages
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The Craft of Scientific Writing is designed to help scientists and engineers--both professionals already active in the disciplines as well as students preparing to enter the professions--write about their work clearly and effectively. The author, who is both a writer and an applied physicist, approaches the subject in a fresh way. Using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines (including such well-known figures as Einstein, Bohr, and Freud), the book demonstrates the difference between strong scientific writing and weak scientific writing. In essence, this book shows you how to bring your ideas across to your intended audience. In addition, it contains advice on how to start writing, and how to revise your drafts. Written for use as a text in courses on scientific writing, the book includes many useful suggestions about approaching a wide variety of writing tasks--from laboratory reports to grant proposals, from internal communications to press releases--as well as a concise guide to style and usage appropriate for scientific writing. The book will also be useful for self-study and it will be an important reference for all scientists and engineers who need to write about their work. Topics covered include: - Deciding Where to Begin - Structure: Organizing Your Documents; Providing Depth, Transitions, and Emphasis - Language: Being Precise, Clear, and Concise; Being Forthright, Familiar, and Fluid - Illustration: Making the Right Choices; Creating the Best Designs - Handling Special Situations - Actually Sitting Down to Write: Drafting; Revising; Finishing
  

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Review: The Craft of Scientific Writing

User Review  - Georgiana - Goodreads

Didn't finish this, I abandoned ship about 2/3 into the book. It's not a bad book, but I think there's more to learn from reading scientific articles than from reading this book. Most of the advice was pretty obvious stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - Blake Nelson - Goodreads

Started out well, but is about 2-3 times longer than it should have been and I just lost interest about 3/4 of the way through. Read full review

Contents

Deciding Where to Begin
1
Organizing Your Documents
16
Providing Transition Depth and Emphasis
53
Being Precise
73
Being Clear
83
Being Forthright
97
Being Familiar
110
Being Concise
119
Creating the Best Designs
158
Writing Correspondence
170
Writing Proposals
178
Writing Instructions
195
Preparing Presentations
207
Dressing Documents for Success
221
Actually Sitting Down to Write
228
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Grammar and Punctuation
257

Being Fluid
128
Making the Right Choices
146
Glossary
274
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