SPECIALIST TECHNICAL PROOFREADING SERVICE

We carry out conventional proofreading of books, essays and other articles written in narrative English.

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We specialise, however, in scientific and other technical papers.

There are some areas which we are not able to deal with : For example medicine and some areas of biology. We know most about physics, chemistry, engineering, geology, astronomy, computers and electronics - subjects which involve hard inanimate components.

We also specialise in proofreading English language technical papers that have been translated from the Russian language and if required we can translate from Russian to English, (but not from English to Russian).

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We pay particular attention to checking any arithmetic displayed in papers and to the units used. The 1999 Mars Climate Orbiter was lost partly, but not wholly, due to a confusion between Britsh and American units. We will look at arithmetic and engineering calculations for you to see if we can find an error.

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Authors use proofreaders because the brain can look at a piece of writing which contains a glaring mistake and, missing it the first time, never see the error subsequently.

The problem is exacerbated in technical papers because not only can a simple grammatical error or misprint be missed, but whole erroneous slabs of logic can be passed from one scientist to another without being detected. "He wrote it so it must be correct." or "We can't alter this at this late stage" or "I'll get sacked if I question this"

Whole essays could be written about "The persistence of technical errors."

In 1999, the Hubble telescope's mirror was found to be incorrectly ground leading to an astigmatism. Someone wrote, or read, the specifications wrongly. I bet there were a lot of someones in reality, scared to mention the Emperor's Clothes

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There is no magic solution. Pass the premise of your calculations to someone else and see if they get the same answer.

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