Write Like a Chemist

Write Like a Chemist : A Textbook and Resource

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Meant as a companion to The ACS Style Guide, not a competitor, this book is an extraordinary resource for upper-level chemistry majors as well as graduate students faced with writing a journal article, a conference abstract, or a thesis. Full of prepared research projects and exercises, Write Like a Chemist provides expert instruction ideal for students from diverse backgrounds, including both native and nonnative speakers of English. It is specifically designed to help students transition from the writing skills required in undergraduate lecture and laboratory classes to writing skills required by career chemists: a journal article, a scientific poster, and a research proposal. Each of these types of writing is directed toward a different audience, and writing for a journal requires a different writing style than writing a research proposal for the National Science Foundation. Thus to write like a chemist requires that one learns to write for different audiences. This book assists young scientists in developing that essential writing skill.show more

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  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 175.26 x 256.54 x 35.56mm | 1,202.01g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous figures
  • 0195305078
  • 9780195305074
  • 784,688

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"Anyone teaching a college course in professional writing for chemistry students would do well to consider using this thorough, detailed, and systematic book as the textbook. It offers excellent support for students and a solid framework for teachers. Enterprising students who don't have access to a course could profitably use this book on their own, too. Robinson and colleagues have succeeded in producing the "guide and resource" promised in their subtitle for chemists who write - a strong contender for the definitive book in the field."--Technical Communication"Write Like a Chemist is the most thorough treatment of writing in a specific discipline that I have ever seen. Anyone who is serious about learning to write in chemistry should own this book; anyone who is interested in researching or teaching writing for any discipline will benefit from looking at the approach taken here."--English for Specific Purposes"The authors have prepared an excellent resource and supplement to The ACS Style Guide. Write like a Chemist is highly recommended to scientific and chemical educators and professionals as well as students. The reviewer regrets not having this resource available during his education and professional career."--Robert E. Buntrock, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling"An outstanding addition to the literature on teaching writing in science."--Journal of Chemical Education"This work distills into one reference a skill set that is oo often assumed by the field to be 'something you just learn' or is somehow gained through exposure and osmosis. The authors have tackled an enormous task in this text by presenting the content as both a 'teachable' text and a desk reference to be re-visited as needed."--Timothy Vail, Northern Arizona University"This is an outstanding text for the novice science writer as well as the experienced professional. Write Like a Chemist beautifully satisfies the need for a practical writing text aimed specifically at the chemical sciences that has long gone unfulfilled."--Ellen Fisher, Colorado State University"In my opinion, Write Like a Chemist is a text that fills a critical void in the education of writers of science. This particular book is unlike anything else that is currently on the market. I wholeheartedly believe that it will change the way we teach undergraduates how to 'write like a chemist.'"--Timm Knoerzer, Nazareth College"With this text almost any chemistry faculty member can teach writing in the chemistry genre. That is what makes it so useful."--Donald Paulson, California State University"As someone who has thought a lot about teaching writing to chemists, I am very impressed with this book. It approaches the writing tasks systematically, providing guidance in organization through an analysis of the most common move structures employed in scientific writing."--Jeffrey Kovac, University of Tennessee"With extensive exercises, this work helps teach the professionally essential function of writing to students of chemistry regardless of their career path; the book is also an essential "remedial" reference for both professional chemists and scientists in other disciplines. Highly recommended."--Choice Magazine..". when writing about chemistry, we must conform to a set style. The US authors..explain this clearly and correctly...I would recommend anyone with a large research group to purchase a copy as a useful resource for the laboratory, especially if there are some researchers for whom English is not their first language."--Chemistry Worldshow more

About Marin S. Robinson

Marin S. Robinson: Associate Professor of Chemistry & Environmental Science, Northern Arizona University Fredricka L. Stoller: Professor of English, Northern Arizona University Molly Costanza-Robinson: Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Middlebury College James K. Jones: Graduate teaching assistant for "Write Like a Chemist" project, 2001-2004show more

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