Category Archives: LaTeX

Better LaTeX Tables with Booktabs

One of the joys of is that it makes it so easy to typeset tables. I’ve created many tables and I’ve always taken care to fine-tune them, most often by inserting commands of the form \rule{0cm}{8pt} to stop superscripts hitting … Continue reading

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Good Times in MATLAB: How to Typeset the Multiplication Symbol

The MATLAB output >> A = rand(2); whos Name Size Bytes Class Attributes A 2×2 32 double will be familiar to seasoned users. Consider this, however, from MATLAB R2016b: >> s = string({‘One’,’Two’}) s = 1×2 string array “One” “Two” … Continue reading

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Second Edition (2016) of Learning LaTeX by David Griffiths and Des Higham

What is the best way to learn ? Many free online resources are available, including “getting started” guides, FAQs, references, Wikis, and so on. But in my view you can’t beat using a (physical) book. A book can be read … Continue reading

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Typesetting Mathematics According to the ISO Standard

In The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics we used the conventions that the constants e (the base of the natural logarithm) and i (the imaginary unit), and the d in derivatives and integrals, are typeset in an upright font. These … Continue reading

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Managing BibTeX Files with Emacs

Here are a couple of tips on exploiting Emacs when working with BibTeX databases. I do not use a BibTeX database manager (though I have tried Jabref). I prefer to edit my bib files entirely within Emacs, and have had … Continue reading

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Three BibTeX Tips

BibTeX is an important part of my workflow in writing papers and books. Here are three tips for getting the most out of it. 1. DOI and URL Links from Bibliography Entries A digital object identifier (DOI) provides a persistent … Continue reading

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Top Tips for New LaTeX Users

This article is aimed at relatively new users. It is written particularly for my own students, with the aim of helping them to avoid making common errors. The article exists in two forms: this WordPress blog post and a PDF … Continue reading

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More Tips on Book and Thesis Writing

Following my earlier post Top Five Tips on Book Writing, here are seven more tips. These apply equally well to writing a thesis. 1. Signpost Citations In academic writing we inevitably include a fair number of citations to entries in … Continue reading

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How To Typeset an Ellipsis in a Mathematical Expression

In mathematical typesetting we often use an ellipsis (three dots) to denote omission in an expression. It’s well known to users that an ellipsis is not typed as three dots, but rather as \dots or \cdots. The vertically centered \cdots … Continue reading

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More LaTeX and Beamer Tips

Following my earlier posts Top 5 Beamer Tips and Fine-Tuning Spacing in LaTeX Equations I offer four further tips that I’ve been using over the last few months. 1. Platform-independent specification of paths I use both Windows and Mac machines … Continue reading

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