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330.- HOW TO WRITE...


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1 Every sentence should make sense in isolation. Like that one.
6 A writer needs three qualities: creativity, originality, clarity and a good short term memory.
8 Avoid unnecessary examples; e.g. this one.
9 Don't use commas, to separate text unnecessarily.
16 Capitalising for emphasis is UGLY and DISTRACTING.
35 If you can't think of the exact word that you need, look it up in one of those dictionary-type things.
36 Colons: try to do without them.
37 Nouns should never be verbed.
38 Do you really think people are impressed by rhetorical questions?
54 Some writers introduce a large number, N, of unnecessary symbols.
56 Choosing the correct phrase is important compared to most things.
73 Sporting analogies won't even get you to first base.
80 Vagueness is the root of miscommunication, in a sense.
88 Learn one new maths word every day, and you'll soon find your vocabulary growing exponentially.
89 My old high school English teacher put it perfectly when she said: ''Quoting is lazy. Express things in your own words.''
92 On a scale of 0 to 10, internal consistency is very important.
102 Make sure that your title is accurate.
107 Learn the basic spelling rules; don't just rely on fonetix.

(El otro Higham escribió el Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, y juntos escribieron una guía de Matlab)