The Craft of Scientific Communication

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Overview

The ability to communicate in print and person is essential to the life of a successful scientist. But since writing is often secondary in scientific education and teaching, there remains a significant need for guides that teach scientists how best to convey their research to general and professional audiences. The Craft of Scientific Communication will teach science students and scientists alike how to improve the clarity, cogency, and communicative power of their words and images.

In this remarkable guide, Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross have combined their many years of experience in the art of science writing to analyze published examples of how the best scientists communicate. Organized topically with information on the structural elements and the style of scientific communications, each chapter draws on models of past successes and failures to show students and practitioners how best to negotiate the world of print, online publication, and oral presentation.

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Meet the Author

Joseph E. Harmon is a senior editor/writer at Argonne National Laboratory. Alan G. Gross is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. They are coauthors of The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

What This Book Does vii

Part 1 The Scientific Article

1 Introducing Your Problem 3

2 Distilling Your Research 19

3 Entitling Your Research 31

4 Turning Your Evidence into Arguments: Results and Discussion 42

5 Drawing Your Conclusions 57

6 Framing Your Methods 67

7 Distributing Credit 77

8 Arranging Matters 86

9 Varying Matters 96

Part II Beyond the Scientific Article

10 Proposing New Research 119

11 Going Public 135

12 Presenting PowerPoint Science 153

13 Organizing PowerPoint Slides 163

Part III Writing Style

14 Composing Scientific English 187

15 Improving Scientific English 198

Acknowledgments 213

References 215

Index 221

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