The Scientist’s Guide to Writing

While running experiments and collecting data are important things, they don’t contribute to science unless we write up the results and share them with our colleagues and the world.  This means that writing is arguably the most important thing we do as scientists—and it’s something for which most of us have little, if any, formal training.

Heard_Scientist'sGuide coverWhile writing effectively and productively is a big challenge for most scientists (including me!), it’s something we can learn to do faster and better.  I’ve written The Scientist’s Guide to Writing (Princeton University press, April 2016) to pass on some of what I’ve learned over the years, and I think the book can help almost any scientist become a better writer.

In The Scientist’s Guide I emphasize two things: (1) the importance of crystalline clarity to communication with your reader (and to being read in the first place!), and (2) the value of understanding your own behaviour when you write. I draw on the culture and history of scientific writing, the psychology of writing behaviour, and a lot of other things to help writers understand why we write the way we do and how we can write better, faster, and more easily.

You can read more about the book, and see some sample content, using any of the Amazon links below (click “Look Inside”).  David Richardson live-tweeted his reading of The Scientist’s Guide, and Storified it here. If you’d like to know what others have thought, here are some reviews:

Interested?  You can order the book through any of these links, or of course through your favourite local bookseller.

Canada Canada: The Scientist’s Guide via Amazon.ca, or via Chapters.ca

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(Or you can order directly from Princeton University Press.)

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