- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; 2 edition (1 Aug. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898714206
- ISBN-13: 978-0898714203
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences Paperback – 1 Aug 1998
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'Any professional mathematician (whether in the corporate world or in academe) who writes, and therefore puts math into print, should have this handbook on the reference shelf …The information needed by writers, editors, and their assistants to prepare clear, accurate, and understandable mathematical material is contained in this book. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students should read it from cover to cover. They will then find themselves well prepared to express their thoughts in writing throughout their scientific careers …' Barbara A. Simmons, Technical Communication
'Higham's handbook is to the technical writer what The Elements of Style by Strunk and White is to the liberal arts writer. I've reached for The Elements of Style many times and expect to reach for Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences even more frequently.' Keith Parris, Senior Technical Writer, Alcatel Network System
This new volume from Higham follows up his successful HWMS volume and is typically enlivened by anecdotes, unusual paper titles, and humorous quotations. It provides vital information on writing a technical paper, including its overview of the entire publication process, invaluable for anyone hoping to publish in a technical journal.
Top Customer Reviews
The book gives insights into how to write (not only mathematical) works; includes various phrases, tips for English usage, where and how to put stress etc. Beside writing guidance, the book contains chapters on how to prepare and give a talk, where different pitfalls are listed. Less important but to a certain extend useful is that the author provides a description of paper submission also from the editors' and reviewers' site. I consider interesting the part on TeX usage, where I found hints that were (for me personally) progressive (even after a couple of years using TeX).
In my view the book is well balanced. It discusses a wide range of topics important for professionals as well as students and highlights the most important issues. For those who want to go in more detail the author provides relevant references. The book is easy to read also for English beginners. The style of writing is fabulous! The more you have read the more you want to read.
Conclusion: If you write mathematics, you MUST have this book!
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