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A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists (IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series)

A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists (IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series)

A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists (IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series)
By Robert E. Berger

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Book Description


Technical ideas may be solid or even groundbreaking, but if these ideas cannot be clearly communicated, reviewers of technical documents—e.g., proposals for research funding, articles submitted to scientific journals, and business plans to commercialize technology—are likely to reject the argument for advancing these ideas.

The problem is that many engineers and scientists, entirely comfortable with the logic and principles of mathematics and science, treat writing as if it possesses none of these attributes. The absence of a systematic framework for writing often results in sentences that are difficult to follow or arguments that leave reviewers scratching their heads.

This book fixes that problem by presenting a “scientific” approach to writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an approach based on an easily-discernable set of principles. Rather than merely stating rules for English grammar and composition, this book explains the reasons behind these rules and shows that good reasons can guide every writing decision.

This resource is also well suited for the growing number of scientists and engineers in the U.S. and elsewhere who speak English as a second language, as well as for anyone else who just wants to be understood.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #419781 in Books
  • Brand: Robert E Berger
  • Published on: 2014-06-30
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.10" h x .50" w x 6.20" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 232 pages


  • A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

ROBERT E. BERGER, PHD, brings a unique set of experiences to the subject of writing. In addition to his training as a scientist, he has edited thousands of research proposals, technical topics in solicitations for such proposals, abstracts of winning proposals, and commercialization plans for converting technology to businesses.

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Full with grammar. Hard to follow

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5Invaluable Lessons in Writing ...
By Dr. E
Having taught writing at a sub-ivy engineering-school for ten years (all English professors teach writing in addition to their specialty), I was eager to read this text. At this school, first-year composition is a full-year and strongly focuses on concise, direct prose. As I read this text, the author's observations and concerns were precisely what I had seen throughout my career: if engineers and scientists do not have a specific skill-set for composing, their ideas will be completely obscured by their inept prose. When we (professors) teach the basic skills presented by this author, we give our students a distinct advantage.

I deeply appreciate the focus on qualifiers. Proper usage of qualifiers is the hallmark of a strong writer. However, the in-depth exploration of lists was a genuine surprise. I often "begin and end" on the proper use of colons, but here there are many brilliant ideas for fine-tuning. Other professors may be equally as appreciative of this section. Finally, the entries for word-choice and word usage, are extensive and greatly needed. The majority of my classes focuses on just this. From detecting redundancies (which are easily addressed in the editing process) to the use of adjectives/adverbs, this text has the power to strengthen even the most average writing.

While this text will not make one's writing more dynamic or engaging (that is not its intended purpose), it will (most definitely) make it more succinct. And, succinct writing is effective writing. It is really that simple.

Purchase this book if you have a son or daughter currently majoring in engineering or science. By incorporating these writing techniques early in their studies, they will be given a distinct "edge." Know that the text is "dry" and requires patience to complete, but it does offer invaluable lessons. Finally, professors should feel comfortable in adding this to their student's "suggested reading" lists.

Good luck.

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