2nd Edition

Scientists Must Write A Guide to Better Writing for Scientists, Engineers and Students

By Robert Barrass Copyright 2002
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Good writing and communication skills are essential in many areas of science and engineering, to help observation, thinking and remembering, to organize work and to avoid stress. Written by a scientist for scientists, this book is much more than a textbook of English grammar – it is a valuable source of information for all aspects of writing in scientific and technical situations.

    The only book focusing on the ways in which writing is important to the scientific community, this book assists readers on:

    * how to write and choice of words
    * using numbers and illustrations
    * writing project reports, theses and papers for publication
    * giving a short talk or presentation.

    The new edition of Scientists Must Write has been fully revised and updated to take account of the changes in information and communications technology including word processing and information storage and retrieval; new appendices on punctuation, spelling and computers; and useful exercises to improve writing.

    This popular guide will be of great use to undergraduates, postgraduates, professional scientists and engineers.

    1. Scientists Must Write 2. Personal Records 3. Routine Communications 4. How Scientists Should Write 5. Think-Plan-Write-Revise 6. Thoughts into Words 7. Using Words 8. Helping the Reader 9. Numbers Contribute to Precision 10. Illustrations Contribute to Clarity 11. Reading 12. Reports, Dissertations and Theses 13. Preparing a Report on an Investigation 14. Talking About Science


    Robert Barrass

    'In its new edition, it has been significantly updated and improved, and has lost little of the value of the first edition ... The book is targeted at all scientists whether school age or hardened/wizeneed professionals ... This book should be on an eye level shelf in every scientist's office and possibly many others where people are expected to react scientifically ... I would recommend it to every school and university department library.' - Myles Ripley, Biologist

    'Many job applicants and neophytes in the presenting and publishing scene can benefit from the direction provided in this volume'. - Journal for Research in Mathematics Education