Writing in Science


Some quotes about good writing:

"Good prose is like a window pane."

George Orwell, Why I Write, 1946

"Prose is bad when people stop to look at it."

T E Lawrence, Men In Print, 1940

"Effective scientific prose is accurate, clear, economical, fluent, and graceful."

Scientific Style and Format: the CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 1994

"Learning to become a better writer happens in the same way that learning to become a better thinker does,

  • writing is thinking-made-tangible.
  • writing is a process of finding and structuring ideas.
  • writing is having something to say.
  • writing is not just the search for the right words and the right order, but also for the right reasons."

Lester Faigley, 1989

from Nature Education:

English Communication for Scientists (2014)