This book describes the development of the scientific article from its modest beginnings to the global phenomenon that it has become today. In a series of chapters covering each of the last four centuries, the authors analyze a large corpus of whole articles and short passages from scientific articles in French, English, and German. Their analysis focuses on the changes in the writing style, organization, and argumentative structure of scientific communication over time. They also speculate on the future currency of the scientific article, as it enters the era of the World Wide Web.
What reviewers have said . . .
“[Communicating Science] offers a moment of coalescence in the rhetoric of science as a model of rigorous research, not likely to be duplicated soon. It will be a staple introductory text in science studies courses and a stimulant for better scholarship in the field.” —Jeanne Fahnestock, Rhetoric Society Quarterly
“Communicating Science is a substantial contribution to the literature mapping out the changing language and rhetoric of the scientific article from 1665 to the present.” —Charles Bazerman, Isis
“Gross, Harmon, and Reidy have set a new and higher standard for methodological and presentational rigor in scientific communication content analysis.” —Kathryn Northcut, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication
“Gross, Harmon, and Reidy’s decision to emphasize depth over breadth is characteristic of groundbreaking scholarship.” —Suzanne Black, Journal of Business and Technical Communication
“Communicating Science is a marvel of scholarship and expression and deserves to be in the curriculum of every university’s rhetoric department.” —Tim Whalen, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
“The book will be an essential starting point for future discussion of the history of scientific writing.” —John Turney, Diversity and Distributions
“A book to buy, to read, and to think about.” —A. J. (Tom) van Loon, European Science Editing