On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 14:34:07 -0500, Richard Owlett
ah but no magazine editor or book editor
that I know of is capable of detecting
technical errors, for example in an
equation. They're not skilled in all
aspects of every engineering topic
(no one is). So the editors are expecting that
the content of a magazine article, or a technical
book, is correct. It's up to the author to
make sure the material is correct.
The problem is: once an author writes some technical
material that author is the *LEAST* reliable person
on the planet Earth to find mistakes in that
material. I'm sure you know that.
So, ... finding a competent person to review
technical writing is **VERY** important.
The problem is: reviewing tech material in a thorough
way is painful, unpleasant, and yields almost
no reward. So it's a royal pain to ask reviewers
to carefully review your writing and then tell those
reviewers that, by the way, there's no reward for their
Ah ha. Interesting.
The reason I said there is "usually" a
technical review is because the last technical
book that I bought contained SOOooo many technical
errors that it's clear that no tech review was
The typical tech book has a silly little "typo"
or misspelled word once every 20-30 pages.
The book I bought had an average of more than
one "typo" per page!! I am NOT joking.
(One page contained four "typos"!!)
What an unprofessional mess by both the
authors and the Publisher.
I knew what I'd written probably sounded
very mysterious by my not giving any specifics.
I didn't give the book's title, right now,
for legal reasons.
However, the publisher was SAMS Publishing
(Indianapolis, Indiana). I will *NEVER* buy
a SAMS book, sigh unseen, again.
Polytechforum.com is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.