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Re: Re: Re: Which editor do you use for math

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  • Subject: [mg95754] Re: [mg95722] Re: [mg95704] Re: Which editor do you use for math
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 05:02:45 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <gletfq$4nm$> <> <>
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Unless I'm mistaken, Spivak's book is about the amstex macro, not the 
more commonly used (today) LaTeX + AMSLaTeX.

I highly recommend instead Graetzer's "More Math into LaTeX", 4th ed.

Andrzej Kozlowski wrote:
> To anyone who is thinking of using TeX to write some serious  
> mathematics I would also recommend Michael Spivak's "The Joy of  
> TeX" (1990 AMS) together with the AMS macros (which are also included  
> in the more recent AMS-LateX. AMS-Tex works with Plain TeX, which  
> sometimes is more flexible than LateX).
> Spivak's book is very clear and witty, and, for a mathematician, much  
> more accessible than Knuth's rather incomprehensible manual. Yes, the  
> title is rather 1980s and yes, it meant to remind you of what it  
> probably reminds you (if you are old enough, that is).
> As for Donald Knuth, I think the Art of Computer Programing does him  
> more justice as a genius and this book:
> as a writer.
> Andrzej Kozlowski
> On 25 Jan 2009, at 12:52, AES wrote:
>> In article <gletfq$4nm$1 at>,
>> Bill Rowe <readnews at> 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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