Sunday, December 1, 2013

The wonders of scientific writing

       Writing a paper is challenging, but writing a paper for the sciences is especially difficult. The first step of this writing process is to create a hypothesis from existing data and then compare it using new experimental data.  This creates the opportunity to critique previous findings and establish new ones. Next move is to describe the data. The 3 basic moves for describing data is to present the prevailing theory, explain methodologies, and summarize the finding. Summarizing the new data is essential because it allows a person to critically analyze the findings. After summarizing the data, you'll have o explain what the data means. In describing the data, be sure to pay attention to the verbs that connect data to interpretation. Next step in writing a scientific paper is to make your own argument. This is pretty much the point of the paper. The argument isn't so much about discrediting the previous findings, but examining their findings differently thus creating an opening to offer your own interpretation. In writing a scientific paper, you must anticipate objection. "The culture of science depends on vigorous debate in which scientists defend their own findings and challenge those of others- a give and take that helps improve science reliability" (Graff/Birkenstein 166).   As in any paper, stating why the paper matters is important.
       Writing for the sciences isn't all that different from what we've been doing this semester. When we began our blogs/essays we had to summarize what ever we read. In scientific writings, the author has to summarize the previous findings of his experiment. The next step for both a scientific paper and a regular paper is to make your own argument. In making an argument the author can agree, disagree, or agree but with a difference. Like a scientific paper, regular papers need to watch out for naysayers. The critique of opposing opinion can potentially destroy your paper.

2 comments:

  1. I read and summarized chapter 14 thinking that chapter 13 would've have been so far off our own process of writing. After reading your blog I learned that they aren't all that different in structure, just content, audience and topic. Aww yeah, expanding knowledge and understanding of a topic through your blog post! I feel like you've captured the point of blog posts with this last one (at least for me)so gold star for you, Chelby :'D

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