Presented in a generous, theoretically integrative framework, "Reading Science" is a unique collection which looks at the distinctive language of science and technology and the role it plays in building up scientific understandings of the world. It is also the first book to include analysis of the role of images (graphs, charts, maps) in science writing and to consider the importance of reading science discourse as a multi-modal text. The authors approach the matter from the standpoints of new rhetoric, functional linguistics, discourse analysis and critical theory, contributing to a broad and definitive treatment of the topic. The book's internationally renowned contributors include M.A.K. Halliday, Charles Bazerman and Jay Lemke.