Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals
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.
Kinds of Writing
The English Language
Name Words Nouns and Pronouns
Action Words Verbs
Voice Person and Tense
Writing for Electronic Media
Principles of Punctuation Presented Plainly
Descriptive Words Adjectives Adverbs and Articles
Function Words Conjunctions Prepositions and Interjections
Prefixes and Suffixes
Redundancies and Jargon
Abbreviations Acronyms and Initialisms
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