The Craft of Scientific Writing

Authors: Alley, Michael

  • 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
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-8288-9
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-8287-2
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About this book

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. 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 journal papers to grant proposals and from emails to formal reports, as well as a concise guide to style and usage appropriate for scientific writing. Also useful for self-study, the book will be an important reference for all scientists and engineers who need to write about their work.

With this new and updated fourth edition, while most technical writing texts have gotten larger over the years, this one has streamlined, to provide busy readers with the essence of what distinguishes the style of the best scientific documents. With this new edition, readers will learn not just how to organize information, but how to emphasize the key details of that information. Also, readers will not just learn how to cast their ideas into precise and clear sentences, but how to connect these sentences in an energetic fashion.  In the section on language, the new edition goes into much depth about how to make connections between ideas: an important issue that few technical writing texts address. Moreover, the new edition integrates the discussion of illustrations with language because those two aspects of style are so intertwined. Finally, the new edition does a better job of explaining how to make the process of writing more efficient.

 

From a review of the first edition:

"A refreshing addition to a genre dominated by English teacher-style textbooks. Instead of listing rules that constrain writers, the book uses examples to lay out the path to successful communication … Especially helpful (and entertaining) is the chapter on the writing process. Anyone who has spent more time avoiding a writing task than actually doing it will appreciate Alley's tips."

–Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations, Johnson Space Center

About the authors

Holding a master of science in electrical engineering and a masters in fine arts in writing, Michael Alley is an associate professor of Engineering Communication at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of three popular textbooks: The Craft of Scientific Presentations (2013), The Craft of Editing (2000), and The Craft of Scientific Writing (2017). He has taught scientific writing and presentations to engineers and scientists on four continents, in sixteen countries, and for more than 150 companies, universities, organizations, and agencies.

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: April 27, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-8288-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Softcover $34.95
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  • Due: April 27, 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-8287-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Craft of Scientific Writing
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8288-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8288-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8287-2
Edition Number
4
Number of Pages
XX, 298
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour
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