You can be scientific about making compost if you want.
Precise management of particle size, carbon to nitrogen ratio, moisture, temperature, and oxygen can produce better compost faster. The following web sites have details, tips, and research results to help you on your way.
www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/compost/main2.html (VT Resource Page)
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/compost/index.htm (EPA compost page)
www.wormwoman.com/acatalog/index.html (Worm Composting guru)
www.gnb.ca/elg-egl/0372/0003/0001-e.html (Backyard Magic)
www.oldgrowth.org/compost/home.html (Home Composting)
www.cfe.cornell.edu/compost/Composting_homepage.html (Cornell's page)
www.nofavt.org (Northeast Organic Farmers)
www.plantea.com/organic-fertilizer.htm (Why Grow Organic?)
Let it Rot! Campbell, Stu. Storey Communications, Inc. 1990 Edition.
The Ecology of Compost. Dindal, D.L. SUNY College of Env. Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings. Harmonious Technologies. Harmonious Press. Ojai, California, 1992.