The best guide for teaching and learning effective science writing, this second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers improves on the classic first edition with a wider range of topics, a new slate of writers, and an up-to-date exploration of the most stimulating and challenging issues in science. In this collection of essays, nationally known science writers Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, and Robin Marantz Henig assemble the best science writers working today to explain what they do and how to do it well. The book combines detailed and practical how-to advice with thoughtful discussions of the challenges of science journalism in the 21st century and doesnt shy away from addressing such controversial matters as cloning, stem cell research, eugenics, medical overtreatment, and questions of scientific honesty. Offering a comprehensive overview of the field of science writing, this book discusses a broad range of media and sources, from newspapers to broadcast journalism and from corporations to government agencies. It also provides a detailed analysis of some of the hottest fields in science writing -- ranging from mental health to human genetics and covers of a diverse array of writing styles, from "gee-whiz" to investigative.
Written by people who work for such leading news outlets as Scientific American, Popular Science, Discover, Smithsonian, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, this book is an invaluable resource for current and aspiring science writers, students and instructors in science writing and journalism, and scientists who are interested in science communication.
This book after skimming through the chapters and pages doesn't appear to be at all helpful for a grad student trying to learn how to write good scientific articles. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Liz E.
As you could probably guess, I'm a bomb writer now. And I owe that almost solely to this book. Its definitely a keeper.Published 20 months ago by Wyatt Floerke
Doing science writing without reading this is like preaching in a Baptist church without having read the Bible.
Buy it. Read it. Keep it at your elbow.
As a fairly experienced science writer - [...] - I didn't anticipate learning any news tricks from this book, but it's well worth checking out if your journalistic beat is anything... Read morePublished on July 18, 2004 by D. Bradley
Was very excited to get reading my new paperback copy of "A Field Guide for Science Writers." However, I could not read it! Read morePublished on September 26, 2003 by annoyed