Category Archives: LaTeX

Six Useful LaTeX Packages

Here are six packages that, while they are perhaps not among the best known, I have found to be very useful. All of them are probably available in your distribution, but in case they are not I give links to … Continue reading

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Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, Third Edition

The third edition of Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences was published by SIAM in January 2020. It is SIAM’s fourth best selling book of all time if sales for the first edition (1993) and second edition (1998) are … Continue reading

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Lists in LaTeX with the enumitem Package

provides the enumerate and itemize environments for numbered and itemized (usually bulleted) lists, respectively. Various package are available that provide more customizable list environments. While preparing the third edition of Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences I came across … Continue reading

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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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