By: Alan G Gross, Joseph E Harmon and Michael Reidy
267 pages, B/w illus, figs, tabs
This book describes the development of the scientific article from its modest beginnings to the global phenomenon that it has become today. Their analysis of a large sample of texts in French, English, and German focuses on the changes in the style, oganization, and argumentative structure of scientific communication over time. They also speculate on the future currency of the scientific article, as it enters the era of the World Wide Web. This book is an outstanding resource text in the rhetoric of science, and will stand as the definitive study on the topic.
The book succeeds in meticulously unpacking the argumentative strategies that have evolved over the centuries in attempts to express an increasingly complex set of knowledge claims, the statements science makes about reality. Communication
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