The Craft of Scientific Writing

January 15, 2020 - Comment

Written by Michael Alley who has degrees in applied physics, engineering, and fiction writing, this book provides a unique perspective on scientific writing. Perhaps what most distinguishes this book are the scores of examples that Alley uses to illustrate important principles. Alley has taught scientific writing on four continents, in sixteen countries, and at more

Written by Michael Alley who has degrees in applied physics, engineering, and fiction writing, this book provides a unique perspective on scientific writing. Perhaps what most distinguishes this book are the scores of examples that Alley uses to illustrate important principles. Alley has taught scientific writing on four continents, in sixteen countries, and at more than 150 companies, laboratories, universities, and agencies. This advice in this book benefits from that experience. If you are looking for a recipe on how to communicate your scientific work, look elsewhere. This book captures many of he nuances that distinguish the best best scientific writing.

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Anonymous says:

Must have! This is a really great book. It’s very useful for preparing to write. It doesn’t so much tell you what you need to include, so it’s not a manual on what to write, but does a great job explaining how to get your message across in an effective way (major pitfalls to avoid, examples on how bad writing can be improved, etc).I definitely held on to this after the class was finished and I’ve gone back to it while working on my thesis.

Anonymous says:

Great book Great book. I was looking for it for a while.

Anonymous says:

The book will teach you with clear examples. The author selected a number of examples that illustrate his point effectively. Rather than giving you a recipe to follow, he mentions relatable scenarios that stick more easily. He is a great writer and you can learn much from this book and it’s examples.

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