Mathematical Writing (MAA Notes Series #14) available in Paperback
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- Mathematical Association of America
Do you need help getting started as an individual or as a member of a group facing the need to prepare formal documents? This is an all-out attack on the problem of teaching people the art of mathematical writing. Learn how others have made use of student assistants in ways that benefit all parties. Read how feedback from students supplies early warning signals from instructors, as well as helping students clarify their thought processes. This book will give aid and encouragement to those wishing to teach a course in technical writing, or to those who wish to write themselves.
Table of Contents1. Minicourse on technical writing; 2. An exercise on technical writing; 3. An answer to the exercise; 4. Comments on student answers; 5. Preparing books for publication; 6. Handy reference book; 7. Presenting algorithms; 8. Literate programming; 9. User manuals; 10. Galley proofs; 11. Refereeing; 12. Hints for referees; 13. Illustrations; 14. Homework: subscripts and superscripts; 15. Homework: solutions; 16. Quotations; 17. Scientific American saga; 18. Examples of good style; 19. Mary-Claire van Leunen on 'hopefully'; 20. Herb Wilf on mathematical writing; 21. Wilf's first extreme; 22. Wilf's other extreme; 23. Jeff Ullman on getting rich; 24. Leslie Lamport on writing papers; 25. Lamport's handout on unnecessary prose; 26. Lamport's handout on styles of proof; 2. Nils Nilsson on art and writing; 28. Mary-Claire van Leunen on callisthenics; 29. Mary-Claire's handout on compositional exercises; 30. Comments on student work; 31. Mary-Claire van Leunen on which vs. that; 32. Computer aids to writing; 33. Rosalie Stemer on copy editing; 34. Paul Halmos on mathematical writing; 35. Final truths.