The Craft of Scientific Writing is designed to help scientists and engineersboth professionals already active in the disciplines as well as students preparing to enter the professionswrite about their work clearly and effectively.
The author, who is both a writer and an applied physicist, approaches the subject in a fresh way. Using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines (including such well-known figures as Einstein, Bohr, and Freud), the book demonstrates the difference between strong scientific writing and weak scientific writing. In essence, this book shows you how to bring your ideas across to your intended audience. In addition, it contains advice on how to start writing, and how to revise your drafts.
Written for use as a text in courses on scientific writing, the book includes many useful suggestions about approaching a wide variety of writing tasksfrom laboratory reports to grant proposals, from internal communications to press releasesas well as a concise guide to style and usage appropriate for scientific writing. The book will also be useful for self-study and it will be an important reference for all scientists and engineers who need to write about their work.
Topics covered include:
- Deciding Where to Begin
- Structure: Organizing Your Documents; Providing Depth, Transitions, and Emphasis
- Language: Being Precise, Clear, and Concise; Being Forthright, Familiar, and Fluid
- Illustration: Making the Right Choices; Creating the Best Designs
- Handling Special Situations
- Actually Sitting Down to Write: Drafting; Revising; Finishing