Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, Third Edition

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ABC-CLIO, 30.06.2011 - 225 Seiten

This entertaining and highly readable book gives anyone writing in the sciences a clear and easy-to-follow guide to the English language.


English is often regarded as one of the most difficult languages to master. Yet while the English language has a vocabulary of upwards of 500,000 words, it only uses nine parts of speech, and all of these words fall into one (or more) of those nine categories. Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, Third Edition contains many simple revelations like this that make effective scientific writing in English easy, even for those whose fluency is in another language.

The book is organized around a basic guide to English grammar that is specifically tailored to the needs of scientists, science writers, science educators, and science students. The authors explain the goals of scientific writing, the role of style, and the various kinds of writing in the sciences, then provide a basic guide to the fundamentals of English and address problem areas such as redundancies, abbreviations and acronyms, jargon, and foreign terms. Email, online publishing, blogs, and writing for the Web are covered as well. This book is designed to be an enlightening and entertaining read that can then be retained as a practical scientific writing reference guide.


  • Includes cartoons and humorous illustrations that help reinforce important concepts
  • Provides a glossary that allows readers to easily reference the meanings of grammatical terms used in the book
  • Incorporates a wide variety of quotations to provide humor, make points, or reinforce key concepts
  • Includes an entire chapter on electronic media as well as new material on self-editing

 

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Inhalt

Principles of Scientific Writing
1
Kinds of Writing
7
Writing Style
11
The English Language
21
Grammar
25
Words
35
Name Words Nouns and Pronouns
45
Action Words Verbs
57
Clauses
103
Sentences
109
Paragraphs
121
Voice Person and Tense
125
Punctuation
131
Writing for Electronic Media
157
Glossary
169
Principles of Punctuation Presented Plainly
175

Descriptive Words Adjectives Adverbs and Articles
61
Function Words Conjunctions Prepositions and Interjections
69
Prefixes and Suffixes
75
Redundancies and Jargon
81
Abbreviations Acronyms and Initialisms
89
Phrases
97
Problem Words and Expressions
185
Words and Expressions to Avoid
205
Notes
217
Index
219
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Über den Autor (2011)

Robert A. Day is professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.

Nancy Sakaduski is a writer and consultant based in Chadds Ford, PA.

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