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Style Guide For Chemists, Louis F. Fieser and Mary
Fieser, Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York,
1960. 116 pp
Few chemists, including the authors of this book,
are grammarians or English scholars, yet all of us must
call upon the niceties and perplexities of our language
for the proper and forceful expression of scienti-ic and
technical thought. For chemists who recognize the
necessity of expressing themselves well, this book
attempts to set out grammatical and rhetorical rules in
an atmosphere of examples and explanations drawn exclusively
from the fields of chemistry. Frequent errors,
do's and don'ts are pointed out which will interest even
the most sophisticated of chemical writers. For instance,
in describing transitive verbs, the authors point out that
the verb oxidize is transitive and should not be used in
the sense of "to become oxidized":
If a substance can combine with oxygen
without our help we should say "the
substance autoxidizes"; autoxidize is
intransitive by derivation: auto-, self +
It is such pointers as this which make the book valuable
and will aid discerning chemists in perfecting their
The Feisers have included sections on style,
proofreading, lecturing, and lists of word pronunciations
and word divisions. However, one should not be misled
into thinking that this is another reference book for use
in settling luncheon arguments. Style Guide For
Chemists, like White and Shrunk's Elements of Style,
is eminently readable and should become a best seller
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