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"The study's reviewers tried to contact textbook authors with questions, [NC
State physics prof. John] Hubisz [who headed the study] said, but in many
cases the people listed said they didn't write the book, and some didn't
even know their names had been listed. Some of the authors of a physical
science book, for example, were biologists."
"Hubisz said the researchers contacted publishers, who for the most part
either dismissed the panel's findings or promised corrections in subsequent
Reviews of later editions turned up more errors than corrections, the report
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com [mailto:bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2001 11:44 AM
Subject: RE: Textbook writing
Usually textbooks are written by actual teachers. A couple of my undergrad
instructors wrote the books for their classes (it was really great in the
one class where the prof taught verbatim from the book and mine was already
highlighted -- "See you on test days, guys!").
From: Foster, Willow [mailto:WFoster -at- friedmancorp -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2001 10:21 AM
Subject: Textbook writing
this unacceptable. Does anyone know if technical writers are employed for
this type of work?
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