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Academic writing is intended for a critical and informed audience, based on closely investigated knowledge, and posits ideas or arguments.

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in a very metaphorical, but accessible to non-mathematicians). Would it be considered strange to explain research for non-mathematicians either in a separate abstract in a paper, or also writing a …
asked Oct 14 '12 by Per Alexandersson
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Generally, put it in the introduction. This partly motivates further study of the field, i.e., by showing that previous experts have worked on similar problems, and that such problems are well establ …
answered Jan 13 '13 by Per Alexandersson
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I have not seen an answer mentioning the following aspect: Writing grant proposals. Being a mediocre article writer can be ok, you'll still get your publications, eventually, since mathematicians … can get through bad writing with some effort. Or, they might not read your papers. But, to stay in academia, you will eventually write research proposals, and explain your research ideas and previous …
answered Apr 10 '18 by Per Alexandersson
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Mathematica is actually good for making all sorts of graphics. Think of it as vector graphics software, but that every control point/coordinate can be specified to the decimal. Edit: The syntax is re …
answered Oct 8 '12 by Per Alexandersson
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I always view "we" as "you and the reader" and you and your reader journey through the subject together.
answered Nov 28 '12 by Per Alexandersson