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Re: Which editor do you use for math
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg95704] Re: Which editor do you use for math
*From*: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
*Date*: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 06:52:24 -0500 (EST)
*Organization*: Stanford University
*References*: <gletfq$4nm$1@smc.vnet.net>
In article <gletfq$4nm$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
> If you are to effectively make use of LaTeX you will definitely
> want to get a book written about using LaTeX. Like Mathematica,
> LaTeX will require quite a bit of study/usage before you will
> really be comfortable using it. I believe the payoff for
> learning LaTeX warrants the effort.
I'd just add that you might also want to acquire a copy of Knuth's
original users guide for TeX, not only for getting a very readable
introduction to the basic concepts of TeX itself, but even more just for
the pleasure of reading or scanning it and getting a near-personal
encounter with a genuine genius, as well as adding a true classic to
your library.
(Of course it may also make you weep, which you compare Knuth's approach
to user documentation to Wolfram's current approach.)
Last I looked there was one used copy of the original spiralbound
paperback TeXBook for sale on amazon for $25. Given the tattered
condition of my original copy, I nearly bought it. The current hardbound
version seems to be retitled as Computers & Typesetting, Volume A: The
TeXbook (Computers & Typesetting Series) (Hardcover) and costs a little
more. I'm guessing it contains essentially the same material as the
original.
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