Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How To Write Good

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “How To Write Good” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Physoc’s Art Hobson, in a post “Once more time: Writing tips” alerted readers to (a) the abstract and the slides he had shown for a 2009 APS talk “Writing about, and teaching, physics for non-scientists”; and (b) two recommendations –
(1) The Craft of Scientific Writing [Alley (1996)] at, and
(2) The Elements of Style [Strunk & White (2000)] at

To Hobson's recommendations I would add:
(3) the AIP Style Manual [AIP (1997)] at;

(4) “Intellectual Journey: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom - Conversations with John Kenneth Galbraith - The Art of Good Writing” [Kreisler (1986)] at;

(5) The Technique of Clear Writing [Gunning (1968)] at

(6) “Draft No. 4: Replacing the words in boxes” [McPhee (2013)] at

Q. So “HOW’m I DOin’ ” after having been exposed to the above 6 guides to writing good?

A. NOT BAD! The first 489 words of this post have a Gunning Fog Index of 8.8, cf. 11.9 for the first 530 words of Hemingway's masterpiece The Sun Also Rises !
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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“We are all apprentices of a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
- Ernest Hemingway (1961)

REFERENCES [URL’s shortened by and accessed on 08 May 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. “How To Write Good,” online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at Post of 7 May 2013 20:00:15-0700. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

Hemingway, E. 1961. New York Journal-American, 11 July.

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