How often does a book on writing come out aimed at scientists, mathematicians, and computer specialists in the first place? How often does a book on grammar keep you turning the pages from pleasure? Never, you say? Then get this one. Just stay away from my copy of BUGS. I even liked the plot.

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This book was very useful to me, as a non-native English speaker, when I started writing technical texts in graduate school. It contains many short recipe-like chapters, each one about a particular topic. The typesetting is unusual, and some find it distracting, although I think it's cute. Dupre's clear advice, presented with a sense of fun, may benefit anyone who writes.

However, it is geared to technical and academic writers who usually understand their material but are not so skilled She studied philosophy and law at Barnard College and at Cambridge University. She has had over 15 years of experience as a freelance copy editor and developmental editor, specializing in computer-science, science, and medical textbooks. She has edited over books for various major publishers, and has worked for numerous academic institutions.

She also works directly with graduate students and other authors to help them improve their writing. Lyn edits and writes during breaks from her serious work as a wood carver and photographer.

Her fondest hope is that the availability of this book will eliminate any future need for her work as a copy editor. BUGS in Writing, Revised Edition was developed for anyone who writes and works with computers, including computer and other scientist, students, professors, business people, programmers, and technical writers. Lyn Dupre presents independent and easily digestible segments, resembling a daily newspaper column. Simple principles for lucid prose that effectively communicates ideas are conveyed by numerous, intriguing, and frequently hilarious examples that are classified as Bad, Ugly, Good, or Splendid.

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Bugs in Writing: A Guide to Debugging Your Prose

Bugs in Writing contains sections, each offering advice on an aspect of writing. Some deal with questions of word choice, punctuation, and syntax; others give advice on things as practical as writing a dissertation, preparing visual aids for presentations, or overcoming writer's block. Bugs is designed for browsing rather than use as a reference work: the sections are randomly arranged and there is no proper index, only conceptual and alphabetical lists of the section titles. Bugs is aimed at computer people, but almost all of it is applicable to those in other scientific and technical disciplines and most of it is quite general. I found parts of Bugs in Writing useful, but overall I thought it a rather poor work. Perhaps the biggest problem is that it makes no attempt either to use underlying principles of grammar and syntax or to teach them, giving it a very ad hoc feel, as if it were simply papering over the cracks in narrowly scientific educations.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This work catalogues the most common problems that writers face and suggets simple principles for lucid writing. These principles are conveyed by numerous examples which are usually intriguing and often amusing.

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