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Scientists Must Write: A Guide to Better Writing for Scientists, Engineers and Students (Routledge Study Guides) Kindle Edition

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In an effort to improve science communication, this revised and updated guide covers everything from composing a letter to writing a thesis and preparing a talk. Barrass, a scientist himself, addresses his peers' specific needs as he offers advice on how to observe, remember, organize, and plan in order to communicate better.
Science News, January 25, 2003

Presents a guide to better writing for scientist and technologists..
Journal of Economic Literature, September 2003

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  • File Size: 3516 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (June 29, 2005)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2005
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OT82Q6
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I can not recommend this book.

I wanted to like it. I write, a lot, about technical topics, and am convinced that proper training improve my writing. A few pages in, I found so many errors, both minor and major, that I lost the hope this book would help.

Minor things included the author's micro-management of whether dates in business letters should be punctuated. (Yes or no, can you guess what he requires? Does it matter?) Another minor point was insistence that a certain line in a business memo be underlined. Underlining was never a great way to emphasize text, and has gotten worse since the 1970s writing of the first edition. Underlining has come to mean "link" in the Web era, and it's safe to assume that most memoranda will be viewed electronically. Underlined but unclickable text causes confusion, and causes more confusion if a paper document is ever fed to an OCR scanner. Text recognition is dicey at best, and adding junk to the letterforms can never help.

The major problems include notebooks, resumes, and basic English usage. Scientific and engineering notebooks can sometimes approach the status of legal documents. Proper notes can establish primacy of discovery, and can affect the validity of valuable patents. The best notebooks are permanently bound with printed page numbers, giving some assurance that pages weren't added or removed at some later date. Many engineers also favor grid-ruled pages, for aligning text, as 'training wheels' for uncertain sketching skills, and as aids in tables and graphs. Barrass recommends a combination of lined and unlined pages, interleaved from different sources. I'm glad he discusses professional note-taking at all, but I'm disappointed by the discussion.

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People in all areas of science, mathematics and technology must be able to write clearly, concisely and accurately. While in most cases, a failure to do so leads to a bit of confusion and a correction being published, in a few cases the failure to communicate clearly can be mission critical or life threatening. In this book, Barrass dispenses some excellent advice regarding how to execute technical communication; I compare it favorably to the classic, "The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White. Effective written and oral delivery of technical information are both covered.
Reading this book should be a mandatory requirement for all graduating seniors in computer science and mathematics. One of the most common criticisms of recent graduates in computer science that businesses state is an inability of those graduates to communicate effectively in both oral and written form. A careful reading in combination to some practice will have a very positive affect on the impression that the graduate will make on potential employers. Finally, even longtime professionals will find that reading this book will lead to an improvement in their communication skills.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Neill on November 23, 2009
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This book offers a good reference for scientific writing. Even though it is outdated the writing style of scientific journals is great. The book in written in English (GB) so there are a few words and phrases that may need some getting used to.
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This book was a required guide for a class. This book helps the writer learn how to research the work and write like a researcher. I appreciate the seller sending this item to me quickly. I would purchase from this person again.
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