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Typesetting is meh
on 31 December 2014
I'm only a chapter into the book, but the authors certainly have a way with words and making the content interesting and understandable -- both highly important qualities in a book. Aesthetically, though, the book leaves a little bit to be desired. This complaint is actually what has caused me to write a (brief) review so early into my reading it.
The big problem is the typesetting of the mathematics. If ever you've seen a modern maths text, or a historic classic, you'll know that the layout of the maths is a huge issue, and that it's usually very well done: they'll use LaTeX mostly, and even if they don't, the typesetting isn't a distracting. In this book, though, for me, it is. There are very misaligned equations, messed up fractions, text that should be on a separate line below the equation actual is before the equation or immediately after it on the same line.
These grievances may be for only a small subset of people that care about the design of a book, but I think they're worth noting.
That said, it's not going to stop me from reading the book, but it will be in the back of my mind that this could've been done much better with only little effort.