Date: May 8, 2013 4:34 PM
Author: Richard Hake
Subject: How To Write Good

ome subscribers to Math-Teach 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" ! ; - )

To access the complete 14 kB post please click on <>.

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 and are on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <> with a provision for

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