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Learning LaTeX
David F. Griffiths, University of Dundee, Scotland, and Desmond J. Higham, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
A publication of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
1997; 84 pp; softcover
ISBN-10: 0-89871-383-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-89871-383-1
List Price: US$26
Individual Members: US$18.20
Order Code: LLTEX
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This book offers a brief introduction to the LaTeX system for typesetting documents. It covers the essential material while avoiding unnecessary detail. The contents are aimed squarely at LaTeX beginners who wish to learn the basics with a minimum of fuss. It is suitable for students needing to produce a first-time report or thesis and for more experienced users who are using older typesetting systems. A large part of the book consists of "before and after" illustrations showing the effect of LaTeX commands.

Published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Distributed non-exclusively worldwide by the American Mathematical Society.


Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in LaTeX.


"A clear, simple, up-to-date, sometimes amusing introduction to LaTeX--brief, yet surprisingly comprehensive. Covers basics, graphics, bibliographies, indexes, slides, electronic resources, differences between `old' and `new' LaTeX, etc. Rich with brief but pertinent examples."

-- The American Mathematical Monthly

"Most beginners in LaTeX do not wish to read through a large comprehensive manual. They want a brief account which covers the essential elements of the subject. This book by Griffiths and Higham is the answer."

-- George Phillips, Mathematical Institute, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

"This book is playful, witty, intelligent, and extremely easy to read ... tells you what you need to know, with examples, in sensible, clear, entertaining language."

-- Robert M. Corless, University of Western Ontario

Table of Contents

  • Preamble
  • Basic LaTeX
  • Typesetting mathematics
  • Further essential LaTeX
  • More about LaTeX
  • Old LaTeX versus LaTeX2e
  • A sample article
  • A sample report
  • Slides
  • Internet resources
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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