Writing Scientific English
by Christopher Yukna
1. To be published without embarrassing questions on the content of the article
2. Because the boss wants his name on a paper
3. To get a raise
4. As egoboost (see to be published)
5. To keep others scientists, reporters, the general public outside the field
6. .To further Science (I put it in to be fair)
Read the paragraph below and render this into common English :
In the course of a 24 hour period it often behooves one to locomote in three dimentional space where it is not proscribed but is on limited access. These aforemention regions are wontedly circumscribed by devices that inherently consist of either processed plant matter, modified petrochemicals, any of a large class of materials with highly variable mechanical and optical properties that solidify from the molten state without crystallization , are typically made by silicates fusing with boric oxide, aluminum oxide, or phosphorus pentoxide, or various metals. The form or accepted mode verges on a one meter span, a two meter elevation and a profundity that is exceedingly variable but usually is limited to 3 to 6 centimeters. It has been said that * use of these contrivances is fundamentally rudimental with no or non complexity the norm. With an extension either of the prehensile appendages that are attached to one’s torso one simply seizes the protuberance that extends for the surface of these devices and rotate the aformentioned protrusion either clockwise or anti-clockwise then one either thrusts forward or draws toward oneself the device and therefore initiating the breach which allows one to continue to perambulate.
(* Notice the use of passive voice. This allows the researcher to
avoid making a statement that could be attributed to his or her self
thus evading any blame later. In this instance the reader does not ask
the question who said, he or she assumes that large numbers of
scientists did because the passive voice was used. A consensus is
implied. Use of the passive voice was severely restricted in this
example of Scientific English. Normally 80% of all Scientific papers
are in passive voice.)
Here is the secret to
understanding this passage.
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