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The Craft of Scientific Writing
     

The Craft of Scientific Writing

by Michael Alley
 

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Designed to help scientists, engineers, and students write about their work clearly and effectively, this concise guide to appropriate style and usage for scientific writing also focuses on laboratory reports, grant proposals, internal communications and press releases. The author, a science writer and applied physicist, approaches the subject in a fresh way, using

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Designed to help scientists, engineers, and students write about their work clearly and effectively, this concise guide to appropriate style and usage for scientific writing also focuses on laboratory reports, grant proposals, internal communications and press releases. The author, a science writer and applied physicist, approaches the subject in a fresh way, using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines.

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"This book offers effective methods for improving writing efficiency and overcoming difficulties during the preparation of technical information."
Robert L. Schmitt, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconsin

"A refreshing addition to a genre dominated by English teacher-style textbooks. Instead of listing rules that constrain writers, the book uses examples to lay out the path to successful communication … Especially helpful (and entertaining) is the chapter on the writing process. Anyone who has spent more time avoiding a writing task than actually doing it will appreciate Alley's tips."

–Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations, Johnson Space Center

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131884267
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
10/15/1988
Pages:
224

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Holding a masters of science in electrical engineering and a masters in fine arts in writing, Michael Alley is an associate professor of Engineering Communication at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of three popular textbooks: The Craft of Scientific Presentations (2003), The Craft of Editing (2000), and The Craft of Scientific Writing (1996).

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