Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals / Edition 3

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English is often regarded as one of the most difficult languages to master. Yet while the English language has a vocabulary of upwards of 500,000 words, it only uses nine parts of speech, and all of these words fall into one (or more) of those nine categories. Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, Third Edition contains many simple revelations like this that make effective scientific writing in English easy, even for those whose fluency is in another language.

The book is organized around a basic guide to English grammar that is specifically tailored to the needs of scientists, science writers, science educators, and science students. The authors explain the goals of scientific writing, the role of style, and the various kinds writing in the science, then provide a basic guide to the fundamentals of English and address problem areas such as redundancies, abbreviations and acronyms, jargon, and foreign terms. Email, online publishing, blogs, and writing for the Web are covered as well. This book is designed to be an enlightening and entertaining read that can then be retained as a practical scientific writing reference guide.

Grammar & style manual covering parts of speech/ punctuation/abbreviations/language sensitivities/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Shows scientists and other technical writers how to clearly, simply, and accurately communicate complex scientific concepts. As a bonus, many of the examples are amusing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This book is an excellent one for reference. It should be a welcome addition to the medical writer's library." - American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Journal

"Scientific English also does a very good job of showing how one can improve individual sentences. Its chief virtues are its wealth of examples (new in this edition) and the special care it gives to the trickiest parts of scientific writing. . . . Scientific English overall is an excellent guide for those people writing scientific English, from peer-reviewed journals to blogs, online comments sections, grants, and social media." - Technical Communication

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313391941
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 600,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Principles of Scientific Writing 1
Ch. 2 Style of Scientific Writing 4
Ch. 3 The English Language 9
Ch. 4 Grammar 13
Ch. 5 Words 21
Ch. 6 Name Words (Nouns and Pronouns) 25
Ch. 7 Action Words (Verbs) 34
Ch. 8 Descriptive Words (Adjectives, Adverbs, and Articles) 37
Ch. 9 Function Words (Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections) 42
Ch. 10 Prefixes and Suffixes 47
Ch. 11 Phrases 52
Ch. 12 Clauses 56
Ch. 13 Sentences 62
Ch. 14 Paragraphs 69
Ch. 15 Voice, Person, and Tense 72
Ch. 16 Punctuation 76
Ch. 17 Redundancies and Jargon 96
Ch. 18 Abbreviations and Acronyms 103
Ch. 19 Language Sensitivities 107
Appendix 1. Principles of Punctuation Presented Plainly 113
Appendix 2. Problem Words and Expressions 119
Appendix 3. Words and Expressions to Avoid 132
Index 139
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