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Writing for Science.


Effective communication is an essential part of the scientific process, yet scientists often complain about the inscrutability of writing produced by their peers. Goldbort, an English professor, sets out to help. This comprehensive guide covers the wide range of writing that scientists typically do: undergraduate reports, dissertations, laboratory notes, abstracts, journal articles, and grant proposals. Goldbort starts with a primer on scientific English that projects objectivity and precision. He provides advice on the proper organization of lab notes, a resume, and administrative memos and then discusses the editing process for such material. He includes a chapter on the effective use of visuals, details how to make scientific presentations, and describes the classic structure for a scientific-journal article. Yale, 2006, 330 p., b&w images, paperback, $20.00.
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Title Annotation:Books: A selection of new and notable books of scientific interest
Publication:Science News
Date:Dec 9, 2006
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