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By Robert E. Berger

A medical method of WRITING

Technical principles can be good or maybe groundbreaking, but when those rules can't be truly communicated, reviewers of technical documents—e.g., proposals for examine investment, articles submitted to clinical journals, and enterprise plans to commercialize technology—are more likely to reject the argument for advancing those ideas.

The challenge is that many engineers and scientists, completely ok with the good judgment and ideas of arithmetic and technology, deal with writing as though it possesses none of those attributes. The absence of a scientific framework for writing frequently ends up in sentences which are tough to stick to or arguments that depart reviewers scratching their heads.

This ebook fixes that challenge by way of featuring a “scientific” method of writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an process in response to an easily-discernable set of ideas. instead of simply pointing out ideas for English grammar and composition, this booklet explains the explanations in the back of those ideas and indicates that sturdy purposes can consultant each writing decision.

This source is usually well matched for the turning out to be variety of scientists and engineers within the U.S. and in different places who converse English as a moment language, in addition to for somebody else who simply desires to be understood.

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13–17]). The approach presented in these books teaches writers to focus on the big picture—namely, higher order concerns of purpose and structure—before narrowing down to the fine-tuning of writing sentences. ). Well into the discourse, some of these textbooks include a chapter on writing style—in rare cases, a short presentation of writing mechanics is included—but this subject represents only a tiny fraction of the full textbook. Other books on writing are targeted toward practicing scientists and engineers [18–22].

When used properly, while should indicate something that is happening at the same time as something else: The high flux will preclude users from entering the experimental area while the beam is on. [41] Instead, the word while is mistakenly used to indicate a contrasting or different condition: Original version: Metal collection surfaces are extremely heavy and easily corroded, while polymer fabric collection surfaces are not suffciently conductive to enable dry collection. [42] Revised version: Metal collection surfaces are extremely heavy and easily ­corroded, whereas polymer fabric collection surfaces are not suffciently conductive to enable dry collection.

Also, commas usually are not needed to separate prepositional phrases from one another, even when multiple prepositional phrases are strung together. [29] Multiple prepositional phrases will be easiest to comprehend when each succeeding phrase modifies either 1. the final word(s) in the preceeding prepositional phrase or 2. the final word(s) in a more distant antecedent along with all prepositional phrases in between. 18 Qualifiers Used in Sentences Let’s revisit the preceding string of prepositional phrases and build it one prepositional phrase at a time.

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