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Michael Jay Katz
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28 Jan 2009 1402094663 978-1402094668 2nd ed. 2009
Observations Plus Recipes It has been said that science is the orderly collection of facts about the natural world. Scientists, however, are wary of using the word 'fact. ' 'Fact' has the feeling of absoluteness and universality, whereas scientific observations are neither ab- lute nor universal. For example, 'children have 20 deciduous [baby] teeth' is an observation about the real world, but scientists would not call it a fact. Some children have fewer deciduous teeth, and some have more. Even those children who have exactly 20 deciduous teeth use the full set during only a part of their childhood. When they are babies and t- dlers, children have less than 20 visible teeth, and as they grow older, children begin to loose their deciduous teeth, which are then replaced by permanent teeth. 'Children have 20 deciduous [baby] teeth' is not even a complete scientific sta- ment. For one thing, the statement 'children have 20 deciduous teeth' does not tell us what we mean by 'teeth. ' When we say "teeth," do we mean only those that can seen be with the unaided eye, or do we also include the hidden, unerupted teeth? An observation such as 'children have 20 deciduous teeth' is not a fact, and, by itself, it is not acceptable as a scientific statement until its terms are explained: scientifically, 'children have 20 deciduous teeth' must be accompanied by definitions and qualifiers.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd ed. 2009 edition (28 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402094663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402094668
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the reviews: "Compulsory reading for post-docs wanting to achieve success in the scientific field." (Ronan Bree, National University of Ireland, Galway)"The book would be a great addition to the personal libraries of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows bent on careers in science. Many seasoned scientists could also be advised to read the book to improve their skills in writing."(Donald K. Ingram, Editor-in-Chief of AGE) "From specific details of style to manuscript publication and practices of peer-review, From research to manuscript covers a wide range of topics. … Overall, Katz provides a pleasant overview of the research-science report process for both first-time science research authors and seasoned professionals. … it could serve as a teaching guide for students learning the process of taking science from the laboratory notebook to the scientific paper-in Katz’s words, ‘from research to manuscript.’" (Julie Kinyoun, Technical Communication, Vol. 54 (2), 2007) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Compulsory reading for post-docs wanting to achieve success in the scientific field." (Ronan Bree, National University of Ireland, Galway)

"A great addition to the personal libraries of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows bent on careers in science. Many seasoned scientists could also be advised to read the book to improve their skills in writing." (Donald K. Ingram, Editor-in-Chief of AGE)

"Overall, Katz provides a pleasant overview of the research-science report process for both first-time science research authors and seasoned professionals." (Julie Kinyoun, Technical Communication, Vol. 54 (2), 2007)

"... another excellent book to treasure." (Dr. Achuthsankar S. Nair, University of Kerala)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifesaver 16 Sep 2011
By Sasha
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This book is absolutely fantastic, I currently have one from my university library, but think its completely worth the money! It feels like he's taking you on a journey and is there every step of the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 18 April 2013
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A very useful book, it really helped in getting my dissertation to a publishable standard. Contains lots of examples of existing journal article extracts to help explain what to include in each section.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very useful content, needs better graphics 21 Feb 2010
By R.Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a very solid, well-written, practical guide to writing research papers, this is a great choice. It begins with a strategy of turning an outline into a paper, then moves into basic statistic and approaches to developing good figures, graphs, and tables that lay out the significant results of the work. (This is a real strength, and not something you usually find in these kids of books.) Then, it follows each section in a reseach paper, providing very practical explanations, approaches, and examples. I would definitly consider this book appropriate to require for a college senior-level scientific writing course, such as a senior capstone thesis course. The only drawback is that this is not a "pretty" book. The diagrams are in black and white (helping to maintain the reasonable cost) but honestly not very well done. It really needs a professional layout/graphic artist's touch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my tool against the dreaded writer's block 7 Oct 2011
By Jose M. Borreguero - Published on Amazon.com
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I consider Chapter 3 of Part I to be the gem of this book. The author teaches you how to construct a sound paragraph from scratch. It's hard and lengthy work, but it guarantees that you'll overcome the writer's block. A valuable lesson gained is that I can approach my article and work on a single paragraph while forgetting about the rest. This simple realization dispelled my false belief that I had to contend with the whole article every time I lay my hands on it. It also means it's not neccessary to set aside large chunks of time to write.

In Part II, the author chops the paper into a hierarchy of subsections, beginning with the standard first level (Abstract,Intro,Methods,Results,Discussion ,Conclusion) down to paragraphs, so that you can use the aforementioned methodology. Very useful for those with an unclear idea on how to tackle with the Intro and Discussion sections.

I used to consider writing a paper as some kind of arcane art, but this book provided me with a clear protocol I can apply every time. Make no mistake, writing your paper will still require hard work from your part, but it'll be an efficient chore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding guide for science authors 30 Jun 2009
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I find it very helpful and useful guide. It will be a great for all scientists especially to all postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will be in the business of writing manuscripts for publications in peer-reviewed journals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK book 22 Sep 2010
By James Schammerhorn - Published on Amazon.com
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Too many example (weird to say that) and seemed unnecessarily long. The info it provided was good and the flow of the book was good.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book , but look like print out from laser printer 10 Nov 2012
By Kriengkrai Iemsawatdikul - Published on Amazon.com
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I have just received this book today. the book is in perfect condition. the material inside the book is excellent.
but the paper look like photocopy paper and the book looks like print out from PDF file from laser printer.
I am very disappointed.
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