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Palomino Blackwing Pencil Tribute to Ada Lovelace
Despite the deep penetration of digital tools into our lives, a lot of mathematics is still written by hand in pencil, and so it is appropriate that the Palomino Blackwing Volumes 16.2 pencil is a tribute to Ada Lovelace, the … Continue reading
Five Examples of Proofreading
Every writer has also to be a proofreader, whether it be of his or her own drafts or of proofs sent by a publisher. In this post I will give some reallife examples of corrections to proofs. The problems to … Continue reading
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Dot Grid Paper for Writing Mathematics
As I discussed in Writing Mathematics in Pencil, and Why Analogue is Not Dead, there is a lot to be said for writing mathematics on paper, at least for early drafts before the material is typed into LaTeX. There are … Continue reading
Writing Mathematics in Pencil, and Why Analogue is Not Dead
It’s an old joke that mathematicians need just a pencil, paper, and a bin, while philosophers are even more frugal because they don’t need the bin. Yet nowadays more and more of the time of mathematicians, indeed all scientists, is … Continue reading
Hyphenation of Compound Words
Compound words are common in mathematical writing and it can be hard to remember how to hyphenate them. Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules. In this article I give some guidance and illustrative examples. The principle to keep … Continue reading
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Hyphenation Question: Rowwise or Rowwise?
Sam Clark of T&T Productions, the copy editor for the third edition of MATLAB Guide (coauthored with Des Higham and to be published by SIAM in December 2016), recently asked whether we would like to change “rowwise” to “rowwise”. A … Continue reading
Acronymous Thoughts
According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (COD, 11th ed., 2004), “An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of other words”. Here are some wellknown examples. AIDS: acquired immune deficiency syndrome, laser: light amplification by stimulated emission … Continue reading
The Serial, or Oxford, Comma
In the sentence The great historical heroes of applied mathematics include Archimedes, Newton, Euler, and Gauss. the comma before the “and” is known as a serial comma. Whether or not to include it is a matter of style. The serial … Continue reading
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