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1. Strunk, William Jr.[1918]: The Elements of Style

2. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

3. Fowler, H.W. [1908]: The King's English

4. Brians, Paul : Common Errors in English

5. Kimble, Cornell [c. 2000?]: A Study of Some of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words

6. University of Chicago Writing Program, Grammar Resources.


1. Writing Resources for Engineers and Technical Writers

2. Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

3. Writing at Harvard

4. MIT Writing Program Resources

5. Johns Hopkins University Writing Guides

6. David A. McMurrey's Online Technical Writing Textook

7. Physics 4910 Style Manual and LaTeX original and

8. American Institute of Physics Style Manual

9. Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students from Virginia Tech. Has exercises galore.

10. Ethics in Science

11. Vince Hamner's Science Ethics Bibliography: has references and links to cold fusion, the Baltimore case, the Robert Gallo aids snafu, etc. Discusses the nature of fraud.

12. Writing course syllabi from all over the place, including national labs and universities.

13. From physicist/attorney Ronald Standler: comments on plagiarism .

14. Grinnell College: Academic Honesty   (and other issues in writing.)

15. Ohio State Physics 596: Writing Physics and Astronomy

16. Anholt, R. [1994]: Dazzle 'em with Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation

17. Orwell, G. [1946]: Politics and the English Language A quote from this essay on clear and meaningful writing: "A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details."

18. Safire, W[19??]: Safire's Rules for Writers A quote from Safire: "Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care."

19. A variation on Safire's rules: Gooder grammar

20. From the National Academy of Sciences: On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research

21. The future of electronic publishing in science: Ginsparg, P. [1996]: Winners and Losers in the Global Research Village

22. Ethics as science: Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development.

24. Tips for Preparing and Delivering Scientific Talks and Using Visual Aids: prepared by the Oceanography Society for the Office of Naval Research. (As of 08/21/02 this site was only partially functional.)

25. From David A. McMurrey's Online Technical Writing Course: Oral Presentations


1. Everything you need to know about creating documents in LaTeX

2. Physics 4901/6710 LaTeX templates.

3. The Physics Department's indispensable Computer Lab Manual

4. 4910 Style Guide


Yore, L., Hand, B. and Prain, V [2002] "Scientists as Writers", Science Education, vol. 86, Issue 5, pp. 672-692 (Wiley Periodicals) . A study the views of scientists towards writing, and their writing practices. You will probably want to start with the Results section on page 9.

Overbye, D. [2002] "French physicists' cosmic theory creates a big bang of its own." New York Times, Arts section (!) Nov. 9, 2002. A description of the string theory hoax (?) by Igor and Grichka Bogdanov.

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