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Technical Writer's Handbook: Writing with Style and Clarity

Handbook / Manual

By: Matt Young

University Science Books

Paperback | Aug 2003 | #140054 | ISBN: 1891389211
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The Technical Writer's Handbook is by a practising scientist who screens hundreds of manuscripts each year. It is directed at scientists, engineers and others who want to improve their writing and communication. It teaches that technical writing, although it has its own special requirements, is no different from ordinary writing and should be written with short, clear sentences and in the active voice. Divided into two parts, the first part is an introduction to technical and report writing and provides a sort of prescription for writing and organizing technical papers of all kinds. The second part is written in dictionary format and contains entries on grammar, style, and organization, as well as entries on topics such as common errors, resume writing, metric units, jargon, conference proceedings, figures, tables and slides. A comprehensive list of cross-references reveals related topics quickly and easily.

'A scientist and journal editor wisely addresses the problems of technical writing' - Choice 'This book should be on the desk of anyone hoping to convey technical information in understandable language' - Optics News


Preface: How to Use This Book - Part 1: An Introduction to Technical Writing - Part 11: An ABC of Technical Writing ( Alphabetical Writing ) - Bibliography

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MATT YOUNG is a physicist with a government agency in Boulder, Colorado, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Optics and Lasers, including Fibers and Optical Waveguides, - ( Springer, New York 1986 ) and over 50 publications in research and teaching journals.

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