A Primer of Mathematical Writing: Being a Disquisition on by Steven G. Krantz

By Steven G. Krantz

This ebook is ready writing within the expert mathematical setting. whereas the ebook is nominally approximately writing, it is also approximately find out how to functionality within the mathematical career. in lots of methods, this article enhances Krantz's past bestseller, tips to train arithmetic. people who find themselves acquainted with Krantz's writing will realize his energetic, inimitable style.

In this quantity, he addresses those nuts-and-bolts issues:

– Syntax, grammar, constitution, and style
– Mathematical exposition
– Use of the pc and TeX
– e mail etiquette
– All points of publishing a magazine article

Krantz's frank and simple method makes this booklet relatively appropriate as a textbook. He doesn't stay away from tricky subject matters. His reason is to illustrate to the reader the best way to effectively function in the career. He outlines how you can write provide proposals which are persuasive and compelling, how one can write a letter of advice describing the examine talents of a candidate for merchandising or tenure, and what a dean is seeking in a letter of advice. He extra addresses a few easy matters corresponding to writing a booklet notion to a writer or utilizing for a task. Readers will locate in analyzing this article that Krantz has produced a top quality paintings which makes glaring the ability and value of writing within the arithmetic occupation.

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2] has a sensible and compelling discussion of the question of “We” vs. “I” vs. “one” . Sound and sense will dictate which of the words “I” , “we” , or “one” — or perhaps none of these— you wish to use. I am offering “we” as the default. But the sense of what you are writing may dictate another choice. 11 Essential Rules of Grammar, Syn­ tax, and Usage I have intentionally put this discussion of the rules of grammar and syntax and usage at the end of Chapter 1. The reasons are several. First I want, in a gentle way, to de-emphasize them.

This may sound compulsive, but it makes the editing process much easier. 22 CHAPTER 1. 5). Suppose that you are writing a paper with a modest number of references (about 25, say), and you are assigning an acronym to each one. For instance, [GH] could refer to the famous book by Griffiths and Harris. When you refer to this work while you are writing, use the acronym. Keep a sheet of notes to remind yourself what each acronym denotes. Do not worry about looking up the detailed bibliographic reference while you are engaged in writing; instead, compartmentalize the procedure.

102], is never to use “very” unless you would be comfortable using “damn” in its place. A good, though not ironclad, rule of thumb is not to use the same word, nor even the same sound, in two consecutive sentences. Of course you may reuse the word “the” , and the nouns that you are discussing will certainly be repeated; but, if possible, do not repeat descriptive words and do not place words that sound similar in close proximity. Also be careful of alliteration. Vice President Spiro Agnew, with the help of speech writer William Safire, earned for himself a certain reputation by using phrases like “pampered prodigies” , “pusillanimous pussyfooters” , “vicars of vacillation” , and “nattering nabobs of neg­ ativism” .

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