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LATEX: a Document Preparation System : User's Guide and Reference Manual (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T) [Paperback]

Leslie Lamport
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30 Jun 1994 0201529831 978-0201529838 2

This authoritative user’s guide and reference for the LaTeX computer typesetting system, written by the system’s creator, has been revised to document features available in release LaTeX2e.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (30 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201529831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201529838
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This authoritative user's guide and reference manual for the LATEX computer typesetting system has been revised to document features now available in the new standard software release - LATEX2e. The new edition features additional styles and functions, improved font handling, and enhanced graphics capabilities. Other parts of the book have been revised to reflect user comments and suggestions. Selected sections have been rewritten to explain challenging concepts or functions, and the descriptions of both MakeIndex and BibTEX have been updated. New LATEX users will want to start with this book, and current users, particularly as they upgrade to the LATEX2e software, will be eager to obtain the most up-to-date version of its associated manual.

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  • Revised version of the authoritative user's guide and reference manual for the LATEX computer typesetting system.
  • Features the new standard software release - LATEX2e.
  • Sections rewritten to explain difficult concepts or functions.


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About the Author

Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist, is well known for his contributions to concurrent computing and distributed systems. His "Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System" paper has been honored for its enduring influence on the field. Lamport is also known for creating the LaTeX typesetting system and the best-selling book, LaTeX, Second Edition, which documents it (Addison-Wesley, 1994). Now at Microsoft Research in Mountain View, California, he began his work on TLA+ at the Digital (later Compaq) Systems Research Center in Palo Alto. Lamport, who earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Brandeis University, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.



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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only reference I ever needed... 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Now, admittedly, when I got this book, I already was somewhat familiar with LaTeX, so I do not know whether it is well tailored to be an introduction to LaTeX. However, as a reference, it is unbeaten.
I worked with many books about LaTeX, some with three times as many pages as Leslie's, yet with only half as much information in them. This book has the information you need to write a scientific LaTeX document, be it a report, an article, or a thesis. And it has only the information that you need, no unnecessary ballast.
To give an example, this book is the only one I ever found that actually exactly explained how to implement a picture/chart/diagram into a LaTeX document. Now that I have understood the idea, I actually find it dead easy. None of the other author's actually seemed to have grasped the concept, but rather just messed around until the picture was magically in there, and his superior knowledge of this matter may, of course purely accidentally, have something to do with the fact that Leslie wrote that software...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book 8 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have learned LaTeX from Lamport's book and every time I need some basic information on LaTeX commands, I find it there. The book is perhaps not written in the very pedagogical way for total beginners, however, LaTeX was never really meant to be used by such people. Those of you, which are not totally novice in using computers, will find book rather easy to read if you know anything about Latex or not.
I must confess to the critics above that I never suceeded to undestand what the fragile command is, but after more than a year of active LaTeXing I never actually needed that information (knock knock on the wood). On the other hand, jokes might be dull, but this is a matter of taste and the book isn't meant to make you smile anyway.
To summary, if you are not totaly novice in using computers, you can easily use this book to learn LaTeX and later as a primary reference book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for all level users! 22 Sep 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As a person fairly new to TeX, I found this book most helpful. I made a surprising discovery this summer while working with professional scientists who write almost everything in LaTex: many of them used this book, too! It, along with it's companions, are THE reference for many of these scientists. The one shortcoming of this, as well as every LaTeX guide I have seen, is that it doesn't explain how to include external postscript graphics at all, something we all need to do, it seems.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You'll need it, but ... 9 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
We TeX-heads (with apologies to Knuth that I didn't say TeXnicians) should all bow to Lamport for his LaTeX package, a masterpiece of macro programming and design. That said, while you'll need a copy of this book with its handy tear-out card as a reference, it is not the best way to learn LaTeX. For that you need "LaTeX Line by Line" by Diller. The problem here is that Lamport created the package, but he hasn't organized the material very well to explain it. I remember back when I first encountered LaTeX (circa 1987) and tried to learn it with only the first edition of this book. That was truly an excercise in futility. It's much easier to come up to speed by NOT using Lamport's book as your primer. But go ahead, buy the book. You'll need the command reference and that little fold-out card... .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the LaTeX bible 2 Nov 2000
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LaTeX is the standard for scientific papers and rightly so. The book by the author of LaTeX is an excellent introduction to the programme. I have used it for a number of years now. If I would ever loose it, I would buy it right again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise tutorial 25 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I went through the book and found it easy to read. It gives a good overview of the workings of LaTeX. My main criticism is that it didn't really get me far enough to be able to solve real-world LaTeX problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handling LaTeX made easier! 21 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Leslie Lamport helps you to become familiar with LaTeX in an easy, fast, step by step fashion. Like the title indicates, it is both a guide (which is easy to understand) and a reference manual, which is the real power of the book and makes it a good long-term investment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to have beside your LaTeX 5 Aug 1998
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If you are beginner (like me) in LaTeX, this book is good source of information. However, bear in mind that it is cross-linked a lot, so some reading before getting your teeth in LaTeX is in place. For more advanced problems, you will, however, need at least one more book (The Latex Companion comes to mind and is often mentioned).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Latex manual
Latex: a document preparation system was stolen in a burglary, along with my laptop. Not having this book makes writing papers a lot harder to get right. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Hinde
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Explains LaTeX in a way that's easy to understand, and only tells you what you need to know; nothing superfluous. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2011 by J. Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars The original and one of the best
An invaluable guide to LATEX. Well written, systematic, concise and well indexed.

LATEX isn't perfect, nor is this manual, but it introduces you to the basic skills of... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2010 by J. D. Pryce
4.0 out of 5 stars LaTeX 2e - The (Basic) User's Guide
The Author of this book is simply the initial developer of LaTeX. For me, this book is the right place to look for answers concerning LaTeX 2e, but only the simple ones, because... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by C. Nunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Latex - Start Here
The last time I used Tex I was doing my undergraduate dissertation and windows 3.1 had just arrived. So there was no real alternative. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2007 by Andrew Dalby
2.0 out of 5 stars A reference by default
For a book about typesetting, it is really ugly, as most of the books that have been designed with LaTeX I guess. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Inane layout of subjects; extremely difficult to use.
Unfortunately, poor organization of information and subjects in this book defeated its purpose as a utilitarian reference for LaTeX. Try Kopka's book instead.
Published on 20 Jun 1999
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