Writing for Science and Engineering - Papers, Presentations and Reports This book has been designed with the needs of science and engineering graduate students and junior professionals in mind. It is the result of working with hundreds of you in Europe and Australasia- how you access information, the type of information you want, and the kinds of books you don't like. These are the sorts of things that many students have said: - You appreciate prescriptions. This book is prescriptive; it's almost a recipe book. Some people may criticize it for that reason. But science and technical writing can be guided to a great extent by prescriptions. You may not achieve high style but you'll get professional competency. - You don't like black text. I've had many disparaging comments about books with 'too many words'. - You need to be able to read any chapter in isolation. In this book, you don't have to have read the previous parts of the book to understand the later ones. - Looking things up and cross-referring is second nature to scientists and engineers. This book has lots of cross-references within it to other parts of the book. - You appreciate knowing the mistakes to avoid, and that you are not alone in your difficulties. This book lists the common difficulties and errors. - Many of you have not had enough guidelines on the requirements of technical writing and presentation during your undergraduate years. This book assumes no basic knowledge, but it is not simplistic.