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Scientific and Technical Communication
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Scientific and Technical Communication
Theory, Practice, and Policy



December 1996 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Integrating multidisciplinary perspectives on the relation of rhetoric, science, technology and public policy-making to the process and product of technical communication, this textbook reformulates the issues raised by science and technology studies (STS) within the context of technical communication.

The first part of the book provides a summary, critique and alternative to recent theoretical perspectives developed in the rhetoric of science and the sociology of scientific knowledge. Part Two applies these critical alternatives to the traditional practices of scientific and technical communication. The final part demonstrates how these new practices can be applied to the communication vital in forming national and local science and technology policy.

 
PART ONE: THE RHETORIC
 
Scientific and Technical Communication in Context
 
Reading Scientific and Technical Texts
 
Writing Scientific and Technical Texts
 
Understanding Audiences
 
Language, Persuasion, and Argument
 
Participation and Policy
 
PART TWO: THE READER
Steve Fuller
Putting People Back into the Business of Science
Constituting a National Forum for Setting the Research Agenda

 
Geoff Cooper
Textual Technologies
New Literary Forms and Reflexivity

 
William Keith
Science and Communication
Beyond Form and Content

 
Dale L Sullivan
Migrating across Disciplinary Boundaries
The Case of David Raup's and John Sepkoski's Periodicity Papers

 
Sujatha Raman
Challenging High-Tech War
Surgical Strike or Collateral Damage?

 
Sheila Tobias, Daryl Chubin and Kevin Aylesworth
Restructuring Demand for Scientific Expertise

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