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Science and Technical Writing: A Manual of Style [Paperback]

Philip Rubens
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Dec 13 2000 0415925517 978-0415925518 2
With this new edition, Science and Technical Writing confirms its position as the definitive style resource for thousands of established and aspiring technical writers. Editor Philip Rubens has fully revised and updated his popular 1992 edition, with full, authoritative coverage of the techniques and technologies that have revolutionized electronic communications over the past eight years.

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The book really shines when it tackles the specifics of science writing. The sections on scientific terms and symbols; technology terms; units of measurement; mathematical expressions; equations; and citations, notes, and references are invaluable for those who frequently deal with these issues.
–Bob Andrews,Technical Communication

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Philip Rubens is Professor of Technical Communications at East Carolina University.

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Before writing anything, describe an audience by Conducting an audience analysis (1.2), Identifying audience characteristics (1.5), Assessing audience objectives and needs (1.6), Creating an audience profile (1.10). Read the first page
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This is the best style guide for technical writing I have ever found. It gives more every day practical information than any of the other technical writing books and gives that information in a highly usable format.
My only complaint--my standard complaint about my reference books--is that the index is far less comprehensive than it ought to be. Given modern computer indexing capabilities, one would think authors and publishers could do a better job.
However, with this is one of the four essential books: 1. Strunk and White, Elements of Style, 2. Prentice Hall, Words Into Type, 3. Garner, A Dictionary of Modern American Usage (for the British tech writer, Fowler's Modern English Usage) and 4. Ruebens, Science and Technical Writing. With these four, a technical writer can handle almost any situation that arises. There are other books covering special fields that can be added, but these four will always be the bedrock.
If you are a professional technical writer or only an occasional one, you can't go wrong having this book handy on your desktop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the four essential books for the technical writer March 11 2002
By Warren C. Norwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the best style guide for technical writing I have ever found. It gives more every day practical information than any of the other technical writing books and gives that information in a highly usable format.
My only complaint--my standard complaint about my reference books--is that the index is far less comprehensive than it ought to be. Given modern computer indexing capabilities, one would think authors and publishers could do a better job.
However, with this is one of the four essential books: 1. Strunk and White, Elements of Style, 2. Prentice Hall, Words Into Type, 3. Garner, A Dictionary of Modern American Usage (for the British tech writer, Fowler's Modern English Usage) and 4. Ruebens, Science and Technical Writing. With these four, a technical writer can handle almost any situation that arises. There are other books covering special fields that can be added, but these four will always be the bedrock.
If you are a professional technical writer or only an occasional one, you can't go wrong having this book handy on your desktop.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where credit is due April 10 2008
By Padraig Cundelan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The second edition of this text makes many useful changes to the previous edition. Hopefully, readers WILL peruse the Preface. On page 36 of that section, there is a FULL explanation of the location and summarizing techniques that make this text extremely usable.
Yes, each chapter does begin with a bulleted list that catalogs the major sub-sections in that specific chapter. Second, the Table of Contents offers page numbers to major topical changes. Third, the Index (compiled by a former president of the American Society of Indexers) references each paragraph in the text.
So, there are multiple ways to find specific pieces of information by using one of three major location techniques: topical changes in the toc, paragraph references in the index, and chapter level tocs at the beginning of each chapter. The latter are NOT, as one reviewer suggests, simply bulleted lists.
I'm happy to see this book issued as a Kindle book and hope others find it useful as an addition to their professional library.
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understaand the art of communication July 6 2014
By Michael T. Suderman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Easy to read and understaand the art of communication. I tell my students you might be the smartest person walking the planet, but if you can not communicate your observations and interpertations, then you are essentially illerate. A excellent reference guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed Feb. 21 2013
By Nancy E Doering - Published on Amazon.com
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I turned to amazon.com first when looking for a style manual for the engineering field. Found this, ordered it, and have used it often already. It is absolutely what I needed. So glad I found it.
7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just view the excerpt Jan. 17 2005
By Fernando Sotomayor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I encourage you to view the excerpt of this book; it will help you, more than any customer review, to see if this book is what you expect or imagine. In the excerpt, I found that chapter 2 starts with a bulleted list of items, without any introduction, any motivation, any explanation, nor comment, exactly like a table of contents. Next, using the same style (bulleted list or table of contents), "develops" each item of the bulleted list. I feel that this type of book would not give much help to write anything. To buy this book is like buying a power point presentation.
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