am 15. Mai 2000
If you think you want this book, you do want it. It's a great guide to writing any report/paper/book in the field of computer science. It has great suggestions for describing mathematics and algorithms, how to gather data from experiments and how to present it. It contains good advice about the general act of writing, and discusses some of the conventions followed in Comp. Sci. It is extremely well written - lucid and concise. It covers a great deal of material in only 175 pages. It is short enough that I often reread the relavent chapter before I sit down to write a section of a paper. For novices, it's a great introduction. For experts, you'll probably learn something and it is a good catalog of things to keep in mind while writing. (NOTE: I checked this book out of my school's library before I bought it; you might be able to do the same.)
am 13. März 2010
This book might be a nice introduction for novices to the field, but I feel it is quite superficial. It covers a broad spectrum of issues (including style, setting math, table, and algorithms, ethics, editing, doing research and experiments in general and presentations) in a quite condensed from.
While the first 70 pages or so on style are a short summary of what you find in many (better) books on style, I found the letter sections, especially those on editing, refereeing and ethics superficial. They are merely mentioned with some general hints, but without specific advice that could help if you are actually editing a paper.
From my perception, it can serve as a nice introduction because it covers a broad field of topics, but it will not really help in the long run.