Steven pinker is the johnstone family professor in the department of psychology at harvard university he is the author of ten books, including the language instinct, how the mind works, the better angels of our nature , and the sense of style (september. This book is about what may be the most important thing that has ever happened in human history believe it or not — and i know that most people do not — violence has declined over long. Steven pinker, cognitive scientist at harvard university and author of the book, the sense of style: the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century he tweets @sapinker he tweets. The sense of style: the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century by steven pinker charming and erudite, from the author of enlightenment now , the wit and insight and clarity he brings is what makes this book such a gem —timecom.
In this extraordinary book, steven pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, does for the rest of the mind what he did for language in his 1994 bestseller the language instinct he explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life. In his new book, the sense of style, he draws on research, and particularly his deep knowledge of linguistics, to give his writing principles a scientific basis readers can thus have some.
Nearly a century after strunk and white's the elements of style — a book of such legendary status that it has even germinated a rap — harvard's steven pinker steps in to alleviate darwin's lament with the sense of style: the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century (public library. About the stuff of thought this new york times bestseller is an exciting and fearless investigation of language from the author of better angels of our nature and the sense of style and enlightenment now.
In the sense of style, author steven pinker challenges every authoritarian grammarian and language purist who has held sway over the rules of the english language with their dogmatic style books a psycholinguist by profession, pinker is a scholar of the science of language. Steven pinker's the sense of style is one of the best books about writing that i have read (not that i have read that many books about writing, but i have read some. Steven pinker's the stuff of thought: language as a window into human nature is a beautiful book--easy to read yet elucidating on the most important subject of language and thought the book is accessible, which is why i find it so appealing, but the secrets within it are not really trivial or things i could have gleaned easily from other sources. The classic book on the development of human language by the world's leading expert on language and the mind in this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved.
The better angels of our nature: why violence has declined is a 2011 book by steven pinker, in which the author argues that violence in the world has declined both in the long run and in the short run and suggests explanations as to why this has occurred. A provocative speaker, much in demand, steven pinker is a cognitive scientist who has been named by time as one of the 100 most influential people in the worldhis keynotes have helped millions demystify the science behind human language, thought, and action. In his seventh popular book, the sense of style: the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century (2014), pinker attempts to provide a writing style guide that is informed by modern science and psychology, offering advice on how to produce more comprehensible and unambiguous writing in nonfiction contexts and explaining why so much of.
Category: book reviews tags: steven pinker, the sense of style leave a comment full disclosure: i received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher, viking i was intrigued when i first heard that steven pinker, the linguist and cognitive scientist, was writing a book on style. The sense of style: the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century steven pinker charming and erudite, from the author of enlightenment now, the wit and insight and clarity he brings is what makes this book such a gem —timecom. The sense of style is a scholarly and witty book on the art of writing well bestselling author, linguist and cognitive scientist steven pinker provides readers with a new writing-guide for the twenty-first century. P eople often ask me why i followed my 2011 book on the history of violence, the better angels of our nature, with a writing style manual i like to say that after having written 800 pages on.
In the sense of style, the best-selling linguist and cognitive scientist steven pinker answers these questions and more rethinking the usage guide for the 21st century, pinker doesn't carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. In the sense of style, steven pinker the directions rarely feel bossy pinker is a witty and personable guide, who just occasionally lapses into banality, as when he points out that you are. Steven pinker begins a new book on writing by finding faults in old books on writing—chief among them, the elements of style, by william strunk and e b white strunk and white, for all their intuitive feel for style, had a tenuous grasp of grammar.