A Guide for Scientists and Other
Robert A. Day and Nancy Sakaduski
Copyright 2011 by Robert A. Day and Nancy Sakaduski
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Day / Robert A., 1924–
Scientiﬁc English : a guide for scientists and other professionals / Robert A. Day and
Nancy Sakaduski. — 3rd ed.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978–0–313–39173–6 (cloth : alk. paper) — ISBN 978–0–313–39174–3 (ebook)
— ISBN 978–0–313–39194–1 (hardcopy : alk. paper) 1. English language—Technical
English—Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. Technical writing—Handbooks, manuals, etc.
I. Day, Nancy. II. Title.
8080 .0665—dc22 2011016002
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