The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science / Edition 1

The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science / Edition 1

by Scott L. Montgomery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226534855

ISBN-13: 9780226534855

Pub. Date: 12/15/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Whether you are a graduate student or a senior scientist, your reputation rests on the ability to communicate your ideas and data. In this straightforward and accessible guide, Scott L. Montgomery offers detailed, practical advice on crafting every sort of scientific communication, from research papers and conference talks to review articles, interviews with the…  See more details below

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"Whether you are a graduate student or a senior scientist, your reputation rests on the ability to communicate your ideas and data. In this straightforward and accessible guide, Scott L. Montgomery offers detailed, practical advice on crafting every sort of scientific communication, from research papers and conference talks to review articles, interviews with the media, e-mail messages, and more. He avoids the common pitfalls of other guides by focusing not on rules and warnings but instead on how skilled writers and speakers actually learn their trade - by imitating and adapting good models of expression. Moving step-by-step through samples from a wide variety of scientific disciplines, Montgomery shows precisely how to choose and employ such models, where and how to revise different texts, how to use visuals to enhance your presentation of ideas, and why writing is really a form of experimentation." He also traces the evolution of scientific expression over time, providing a context crucial for understanding the nature of technical communication today. Other chapters take up the topics of writing creatively in science; how to design and use graphics; and how to talk to the public about science. Written with humor and eloquence, this book provides a unique and realistic guide for anyone in the sciences wishing to improve his or her communication skills.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226534855
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/2002
Series:
Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
239
Sales rank:
696,475
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Communicating Science1
2Scientific Communication: Historical Realities for Readers and Writers10
3Reading Well: The First Step to Writing Well26
4Writing Well: A Few Basics36
5Writing Very Well: Opportunities for Creativity and Elegance55
6The Review Process: Contents and Discontents69
7The Scientific Paper: A Realistic View and Practical Advice78
8Other Types of Writing: Review Articles, Book Reviews, Debate/Critique99
9Graphics and Their Place113
10Technical Reports138
11The Proposal146
12For Researchers with English as a Foreign Language161
13Oral Presentations: A Few Words169
14The Online World: Using the Internet183
15Dealing with the Press199
16In Conclusion212
Selected Bibliography215
Index221

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