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Section I

Chapter 1:
Scientific and Technical Communication in Context
Part 1; Part 2; Part 3

Chapter 2:
Reading Scientific and Technical Texts

Chapter 3:
Writing Scientific and Technical Texts
Part 1; Part 2; Part 3

Chapter 4:
Conducting Research
Part 1; Part 2

Chapter 5:
Understanding Audiences
Part 1; Part 2

Chapter 6:
Persuasion and Critical Thinking
Part 1; Part 2

Chapter 7:
Participation and Policy
Part 1; Part 2

Section II

Chapter 8:
Definitions, Descriptions, and Instructions
Part 1; Part 2

Chapter 9:
Correspondence

Chapter 10:
Job-Finding Materials

Chapter 11:
Proposals
Part 1; Part 2

Chapter 12:
Technical Reports

Chapter 13:
Scientific Articles and Abstracts

Chapter 14:
Oral Presentations

Chapter 15:
Formatting, Designing, and Using Graphics
Part 1; Part 2

Grammar Handbook

Section III

Chapter 16:
Opening
Geoff Cooper:
"Textual Technologies"
Discussion

Chapter 17:
Opening
Steve Fuller: "Putting People Back Into the Business of Science"
Part 1; Part 2
Discussion

Chapter 18:
Opening
William Keith: "Science and Communication"
Discussion

Chapter 19:
Opening
Sujatha Raman: "Challenging High-Tech War"
Discussion

Chapter 20:
Opening
Dale L. Sullivan: "Migrating Across Disciplinary Boundaries"
Discussion

Chapter 21:
Opening
Tobias, Chubin, Aylesworth: "Restructuring Demand for Scientific Expertise"
Part 1; Part 2
Discussion

This web site provides an expanded, digital edition of Scientific and Technical Communication: Theory, Practice and Policy published originally by Sage Press in 1997 (see the Introduction to the 1997 edition).

A brief history: What you see as the digital edition of this book was contracted by HarperCollins publishers in 1995. The manuscript was thoroughly and extensively peer reviewed in 1995 and 1996. However, given editorial turnover and numerous delays the book was withdrawn, abridged and subsequently published by Sage Press. The digital edition of Scientific and Technical Communication: Theory, Practice and Policy contains chapter 4, chapters 8-15 (Section II), and the grammar handbook, not included in the Sage edition.

Please reference an on-line course — "Technical Writing" (English 3764, Virginia Tech) — that uses the digital edition of this text.

Please feel free to use the book's contents (with proper attribution). If you have questions, encounter errors, or wish to offer suggestions for revision, send an e-mail to James Collier (jim.collier@vt.edu).

Thank you.


Moved: January 2013


Scientific and Technical Communication: Theory, Practice and Policy

About the Authors

James H. Collier is the editor of On Twenty-Five Years of Social Epistemology A Way Forward, co-author, with Steve Fuller, of Philosophy, Rhetoric, and the End of Knowledge (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004) and author and editor, with David M. Toomey, of Scientific and Technical Communication (Sage, 1997). He is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech.

David M. Toomey is the author of Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own (W.W. Norton, 2013), The New Time Travelers (W.W. Norton, 2007), Stormchasers (W.W. Norton, 2003) and co-author, with Leslie Haynesworh, of Amelia Earhart's Daughters (William Morrow, 1998). He is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.