Language: Being Fluid

  • Michael Alley


Many scientists and engineers mistakenly believe that scientific writing must be dull. Unfortunately, their writing reflects that misconception. It is dull, needlessly dull. Many scientists and engineers undercut the purpose of scientific writing—to inform—with sentences and paragraphs that drag and with discontinuities in language that trip readers. Scientists and engineers study the most fascinating subjects in the world: solar systems, animal and plant kingdoms, the inner workings of atoms and nuclei. Why then do so many scientists and engineers resign themselves to prose styles that are sluggish, that are without life?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alley
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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