Writing in the Life Sciences: A Critical Thinking Approach Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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About the Author
Laurence Greene, PhD, taught scientific writing and integrative physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1993 to 2009. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the CU-Boulder Faculty Teaching Excellence Program, Dr. Greene developed discipline-specific scientific writing courses for undergraduate and graduate students. In 2009, Dr. Greene left academia to practice what he had preached as a writing instructor. He is currently a scientific and medical writer in South Florida.
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Rather than telling readers to "consider the audience" this book explains exactly what that means and gives specific examples. Other chapters talk about how to write to the readers' expectations, how to revise what you have written (at the global, paragraph and sentence levels), how to analyze why you are writing (usually it is not to prove you did your homework), how to build a convincing argument that deals with contradictory information, and how to avoid plagiarism and cite properly.
I'll absolutely be adopting this book for my class. As I delve more deeply into the text, I find myself nodding in agreement with the author and exclaiming "Yes!" out loud. This book is written for writers who are not necessarily English majors. You won't find long passages on grammatical rules. Rather, this book is a guide to the thought process that leads to effective writing. It's useful to read through it carefully and then refer back to specific chapters as needed. I wish I'd had access to this text when writing my own dissertation years ago. But you don't need to be a graduate student to benefit. Anyone from high school onward would find this text valuable.
Best of all, it's relatively inexpensive, making it accessible to anyone who is writing about science. This is well worth the investment because the content is timeless. By focusing on the process and not the product, the author has written a book that is going to be referred to for decades to come.
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