# AMS-TeX

** Download AMS-TeX version 2.2 ** (amstex.zip) This archive will unpack into an existing TEXMF structure, in most cases providing a ready-to-use installation.

** What is AMS-TeX? **

AMS-TeX is a TeX macro package designed for writers whose material contains a substantial amount of mathematics. AMS-TeX provides high-level commands for many of the more complicated constructions that commonly occur in mathematical formulas---constructions that typically cannot be written in plain TeX except by laborious aggregation of lower-level commands, along with trial-and-error adjustments to the spacing and positioning of the constituent elements.

AMS-TeX was one of the first major macro packages written for TeX; a preliminary version (for TeX78) was publicly available as early as 1981; version 1 of AMS-TeX was available effectively by late 1984. Michael Spivak, the author of AMS-TeX, also wrote a reference manual, The Joy of TeX , which is published by AMS.

AMS-TeX is essentially a superset of of the plain TeX macro package that focuses on adding features for dealing with advanced mathematics. In adapted form, those features are accessible in LaTeX through an **amsmath** package provided in the AMS-LaTeX collection.

** Prerequisites **

- A working TeX system TeX is not an AMS product. See the AMS TeX Resources page for sources.
- At least the .tfm files for AMSFonts 2.2, if you intend to use an AMS-TeX document style.

** Documentation for AMS-TeX version 2.2 **