One of the great challenges we face as brain scientists is to explain our research to the general public in a way that is at once accurate and lucid, completely understandable, as interesting to the non-professional reader. This is not an easy task, and no is one better at helping one learn to write for the non-professional public, as I can personally testify, than Jane Nevins. I was therefore thrilled to see that she has spelled out her experience in a marvelous book: "You've Got Some Explaining To Do." This book is the Strunk and White for the brain scientist of the 21st century. A must read and a pleasure to read. Don't simply walk, run out and get your copy.
-Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel, M.D., Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Jane Nevins observes that "The times are good to write about the brain" but also that "it is hard for scientists to write for lay readers". If you are ready to present your latest success in the saga of your science, then let this very wise editor guide you from a "continually compelling concept" to a final product that will leave your reader inspired and hungry for more.
-Floyd E. Bloom, M.D., Professor Emeritus, The Scripps Research Institute
This brief, pithy, and witty booklet is full of useful information and advice that will help neuroscientists write better books for a broad range of lay readers. Jane Nevins has been guiding them for years, and her wisdom and experience will give future authors a brilliant guiding light.
-Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Nevins distills many years of experience to offer a genuinely useful guide to communicating science. She practices what she preaches! She speaks directly, with a clear voice, avoiding jargon and focusing on what her reader needs to know. Simple fixes promise to unclutter writing and liberate the would-be writer to hold a real conversation with the reader. Without question for me, the lessons here will help improve thinking as well as improve readership!
-Paul Matthews, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience, Imperial College London and co-author, The Bard on the Brain
In a tour de force that takes the elements of Strunk and White to the next level, Nevins captures and conveys the true meaning of communicating through writing. Her approach is as exciting as the neuroscience she promotes. This book is a must-read for every aspiring young scientist and scholar.
-Judy Illes, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, University of British Columbia