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Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers (Revised)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The best guide for teaching and learning effective science writing, this second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers improves on the classic first edition with a wider range of topics, a new slate of writers, and an up-to-date exploration of the most stimulating and challenging issues in science. In this collection of essays, nationally known science writers Debora ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 20th 1997)
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Atila Iamarino
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente coletânea de textos sobre escrita científica, com um pouco de tudo, escrita por gente muito competente. De divulgação em revistas à relações públicas e crise em instituições. Também tem um pouco de escrita para internet, mas nada mais moderno.
Asha Tenbroeke
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Best book on science writing i've read so far - really made a difference in how i approach writing and researching myself.
Some good information, but seems pretty outdated at this point.
Mixeva Mohsen
I wouldn't have ever touched it if I hadn't been a science editor!!!
But it is PERFECT!!!!! All you need to know about science writing!
Ray Ho
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
excellent advice on specific areas of science
Margaret Taylor
This is pretty exciting stuff, because it gets into the nuts and bolts of how one goes about writing about science. The book is divided into sections, one of which is about actually writing well, one about the peculiarities of certain fields such as medicine, and one about working in all the various print markets. Print markets. The biggest problem with this book is that it was published in 2006, and the written word has been through an upheaval since then. I’d recommend this book for the sectio ...more
Martin Earl
If I even had a network of contacts to develop, I would take the advice given in this book. If I had an editor, This would help me deal with him/her. If I didn't know that I really REALLY should check my sources, I would now know that.

The problem with this book is that it's written by science writers, and science writers are reporters and reporters are not very good sources on how to be reporters.

Still, it was free and I am grateful for it and I did learn from it, though not as much as I'd hop
Amy Karon
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book for those considering a career in science writing. I appreciated the quality of each writer's contribution (great writing by seasoned science writers) and the breadth and depth of topics addressed. This book remains relevant even as science writing moves further into digital spheres.
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-class
This book is made up of chapters written by different people who write about their experiences in the publishing industry. Although I read this for a class, it was an interesting insight into how the publishing industry works
Must read for science writers. Get the first edition and read that, too.
Mohamed Elsonpaty
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
just more than perfect !
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Was okay, less of a "how to" than a "here's what I do." Some compelling writing about writing in here, but a little too much personal narrative than examples and case studies.
Apr 03, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: non-fiction
I can't read about writing science right now 'cos I'm too busy editing science! But I'll come back to this sometime.

So far, this is an interesting and quick read. Helpful, too.
Odette Knappers
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inbezit
This book is very usefull and has lots of practical tips for science writers
Feb 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
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I'm reading/analyzing this for my dissertation, so my take on it isn't likely to be useful to others.
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Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.

As a science writer for the Sacramento Bee, Blum (rhymes with gum) wrote a series of articles examining the professional, ethical, and emotional conflicts between scientists who use animals in their research and animal rights activists who oppose that research. Titled "The Monkey Wars", the series won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Beat R
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