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The Craft of Scientific Writing

Alley, Michael

4th ed. 2015, Approx. 200 p. 40 illus.

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  • Presents proven advice, which has been used by research engineers and scientists at many national labs and universities for over ten years
  • Features a fun to read, conversational tone that uses humor, stories and scores of interesting examples to teach the principles of scientific writing
  • Focuses on the stylistic traits that distinguish the best scientific writing
  • New edition explores more deeply how to design illustrations so that they are more persuasive

The Craft of Scientific Writing uses scores of examples to show the differences between scientific writing that informs and persuades and scientific writing that does not. Focusing on technical papers, dissertations, and reports, this text shows engineers, scientists, and technical professionals the five keys of style that distinguish the best scientific documents: (1) having the details presented in a methodical fashion, (2) having the important details emphasized, (3) having ideas cast into clear and precise sentences, (4) having clear connections between those ideas, and (5) having illustrations that persuade.

Michael Alley is also the author of The Craft of Scientific Presentations (Springer 2003) and The Craft of Editing (Springer 2000).

Content Level » Research

Keywords » adopted-textbook NY - research writing - science writing - science writing book - scientific language - writing for engineering - writing for science

Related subjects » Physics - Popular Science

Table of contents 

1. Introduction: Deciding Where to Begin. 2. Structure: Organizing your Documents. 3. Structure: Depth, Transition, and Emphasis. 4. Language: Being Precise. 5. Language: Being Clear. 6. Language: Being Forthright. 7. Language: Being Familiar. 8. Language: Being Concise 9. Language: Being Fluid. 10. Illustation: Making the Right Choices. 11. Illustration: Creating the Best Designs. 12. Handling Special Stituations. 13. Actually Sitting Down to Write.

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