Writing for Science.
WRITING FOR SCIENCE ROBERT GOLDBORT
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.