A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and by Robert E. Berger

By Robert E. Berger

A medical method of WRITING

Technical principles might be sturdy or maybe groundbreaking, but when those rules can't be essentially communicated, reviewers of technical documents—e.g., proposals for study investment, articles submitted to clinical journals, and company plans to commercialize technology—are more likely to reject the argument for advancing those ideas.

The challenge is that many engineers and scientists, fullyyt happy with the common sense and rules of arithmetic and technological know-how, deal with writing as though it possesses none of those attributes. The absence of a scientific framework for writing frequently ends up in sentences which are tough to stick to or arguments that depart reviewers scratching their heads.

This ebook fixes that challenge via featuring a “scientific” method of writing that mirrors the sensibilities of scientists and engineers, an procedure according to an easily-discernable set of rules. instead of simply pointing out principles for English grammar and composition, this booklet explains the explanations in the back of those principles and exhibits that strong purposes can advisor each writing decision.

This source is usually like minded for the growing to be variety of scientists and engineers within the U.S. and in different places who converse English as a moment language, in addition to for a person else who simply desires to be understood.

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Thus, the presentation in this book is the reverse of that used in many technical-writing textbooks or guidebooks. As summarized in the box, the material flows from the more narrow units of communication (sentences) to the broad (a thesis), with some miscellaneous (but important) concepts in between: •• In Part I (Chapters 2–8), we begin with the most fundamental unit of communication, the sentence, especially complex sentences in which a core idea must be qualified by one or more auxiliary ideas.

The Need for Punctuation Let’s look at the first sample sentence again, with the qualifiers underlined: As the surface temperature of the coolant increases, the control system slows the operation of the power electronic devices, in order that the safe operating temperature of the silicon semiconductor material is not exceeded. 2 and repeated below, reflects the use of two commas: [Qualifier 1] , [Core] , [Qualifer 2] . Commas almost always are used to separate an introductory qualifier from the core.

In the first two ­examples, the explanatory phrase follows the core. [Core] , [Explanatory Phrase] 1. The syngas then moves from the gasifier to the convective cooler, a system of six heat exchangers with associated piping. [51] 2. New alloys have been designed to meet the creep-resistance requirements for ultrasupercritical coal-fired boilers, an emerging technology that offers increased power-generating efficiciency. [46] In both of the above examples, the explanatory phrase provides additional information about the preceding noun (the convective syngas cooler in the first example and ultrasupercritical coal-fired boilers in the second).

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