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Re: Which editor do you use for math

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  • 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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