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The Craft of Scientific Writing

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We are all apprentices 01 a craft where no one ever becomes a master. -Emest Hemingway In October 1984, the weak writing in a scientific report made national news. The report, which outlined safety procedures during a nuclear attack, advised industrial workers "to don heavy clothes and immerse themselves in a large body of water. " The logic behind this advice was sound: W ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published September 2nd 1998 by Springer (first published December 31st 1986)
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Murphy Waggoner
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: students and professionals in the sciences
I read the reviews for this book and would like to respond to some.

The book was not necessarily intended as a read-once-through-and-get-everything-there-is-to-know kind of book, but rather as a reference. I pull both of Alley's books off the shelf frequently to reread examples and get a refresher course. So, those who tried to read it through at one go were looking for a different type of book.

Others said there was more to learn from reading scientific journals. As Alley points out, sometimes we
Jan 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
So I'm a scientist struggling (like we all are) to write clearly and succinctly. This books tackles everything that one needs to write well and gives examples how to do so. Not one-liners that should fit all but good advice. Written with humor.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-teaching
Didn't finish this, I abandoned ship about 2/3 into the book. It's not a bad book, but I think there's more to learn from reading scientific articles than from reading this book. Most of the advice was pretty obvious stuff.
Dharma Iswara
Jul 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dharma
This book is great for those who find difficulties on writing Dissertation, Final Assignment...It really helps!!!!!!

Buku ini sangat membantu untuk menulis TA, Disertasi, Paper, Makalah, Laporan, dan sejenisnya!!!...Thank God buku ini akhirnya ada!!!!
Blake Nelson
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Started out well, but is about 2-3 times longer than it should have been and I just lost interest about 3/4 of the way through.
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