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MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication

ISBN-10: 0262161427

ISBN-13: 9780262161428

Edition: 1997

Authors: James G. Paradis, Muriel L. Zimmerman

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Good communication makes a difference. Any successful scientist or engineer will have multiple communication tasks connected with any project. Drawing on their considerable experience teaching both college students and science professionals, James Paradis and Muriel Zimmerman have written a handbook that treats four kinds of literacy -- written, oral, graphic, electronic -- as crucial and inseparable to science and engineering communication. The MIT Guideemphasizes processes and forms that will help in creating documents and includes numerous realistic examples. A special feature of the book is its acceptance of the fact that most work in science these days is collaborative and that writing is often a group rather than a solitary activity. There is also a strong emphasis on the central role of the computer in creating and disseminating technical materials. First, Paradis and Zimmerman observe, it is essential to consider science and engineering as communication. The most effective engineers and scientists are skilled writers, and the first chapter shows how important good communication is to a successful career in science. The chapters that follow address such topics as: defining your audience and aims; organizing and drafting documents; revising for organization and style; developing graphics; conducting meetings; memos, letters, and e-mail; proposals; progress reports; reports and journal articles; instructional materials; electronic texts; oral presentations; job search strategies; document design for page and screen; strategies for searching the literature; and citation and reference styles.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/30/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 290
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Writing and Work
Collaborative Writing
Your Audience and Aims
Organizing and Drafting Documents
Revising for Organization and Style
Developing Graphics
Design of Page and Screen
Searching the Literature
Documenting Sources
Memos, Letters, and Electronic Mail
Proposals
Progress Reports
Reports
Journal Articles
Oral Presentations
Instructions, Procedures, and Computer Documentation
Electronic Doumentation
CVs, Resumes, and Job Correspondence
A Brief Handbook of Style and Usage