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Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences Paperback – 1 Aug 1998

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  • 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)
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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

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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.

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If you are planning to write something serious within the fields of mathematics, this is a must have reference.
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Even more than two decades after the first edition this book offers a lot of information for anyone (beginner or advanced) who writes mathematical works.So, what is it about?

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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It is a very useful book. It suggests some useful hints and everything is very well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another book of advice about writing mathematics 17 April 2013
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This one has more in it than the Gillman book, which was written a long time back. I needed to check what people have written about the genre of proof. Many times the advice is about expository writing or about the rest of what goes into a mathematical paper.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book 20 Jan. 2014
By ralph kelsey - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are writing math, you need this book. It is very useful, full of practical information, easy to read, even entertaining.

I just received a copy and read it right through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 5 Mar. 2013
By K.Rain - Published on Amazon.com
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Includes so many sophisticated writing tips and technical details for mathematics. Helped me improve my prose and math writing both.
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Used it once to get a idea of how to write a technical paper after the class was told we do not know how to write for a technical audience. It helped me raise my B to an AB.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Writing Mathematics 20 Dec. 2006
By Margaret L. FalerSweany - Published on Amazon.com
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That mathematicians value excellent writing becomes apparent when one considers the number of expository writing prizes awarded by their organizations and who has won those awards. The Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences offers a comprehensive, precise presentation of the significant areas a mathemetician or technical editor of mathematical papers must deal with from the use of dictionaries and thesaursus, through what makes for excellent mathematical writing, style, making presentations, publishing, and much more. In fact, it may try to cover too much. This book is one to keep handy next to your writing area for easy reference.
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