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# A Primer of Mathematical Writing: Being a Disquisition on Having Your Ideas Recorded, Typeset, Published, Read, and Appreciated, Second Edition

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*Steven G. Krantz*

This is the second edition of a book originally published in 1997. Today the internet virtually consumes all of our lives (especially the lives of writers). As both readers and writers, we are all aware of blogs, chat rooms, and preprint servers. There are now electronic-only journals and print-on-demand books, Open Access journals and joint research projects such as MathOverflow—not to mention a host of other new realities. It truly is a brave new world, one that can be overwhelming and confusing. The truly new feature of this second edition is an extensive discussion of technological developments. Similar to the first edition, Krantz's frank and straightforward approach makes this book particularly suitable as a textbook for an undergraduate course.

#### Readership

Undergraduate and graduate students and researchers interested in how to write about mathematics.

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Krantz, a prolific and distinguished mathematical author, discourses engagingly (yet seriously) on the art and etiquette of virtually all types of writing an academic mathematician is likely to encounter … Grammatical points, stylistic and typesetting issues, and the correct and effective use of mathematical notation are handled deftly and with good humor … [Hopefully] senior faculty will consider it mandatory reading for graduate students and even upper-division undergraduates. An enjoyable way to learn some fundamentals of good mathematical writing. Highly recommended.

-- CHOICE

Well written in a lively style and will be found useful by anybody who is aware of the power and significance of writing in the mathematical profession.

-- European Mathematical Society Newsletter

# Table of Contents

## A Primer of Mathematical Writing: Being a Disquisition on Having Your Ideas Recorded, Typeset, Published, Read, and Appreciated, Second Edition

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- Cover Cover11
- Title page i2
- Preface to the Second Edition xv16
- Preface to the First Edition xvii18
- The Basics 122
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhat It Is All About 223
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseWho Is My Audience? 324
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseWriting and Thought 425
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseSay What You Mean, Mean What You Say 627
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseDiction 829
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseCareful Use of Words 829
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseAttitude 829
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseCorruption of Language 930
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhat Is in a Title? 1031
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseAccuracy in Writing 1132
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseAlliteration 1132
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\else“Hence” and Related Words 1233
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseOverused and Unnecessary Notation 1233
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseEffective Use of Notation 1334
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWords as Objects 1536
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseSingular Versus Plural 1637
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseBig Words and Pretension 1637
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseForeign Words and Phrases 1738
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseFlippancy and Faddish Prose 1738
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elsePronouns 1839
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Role of English 1940
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseAcronyms 2041
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseJargon 2041

- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseProofreading, Reading for Sound and Sense 2142
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseCompound Sentences, Passive Voice 2243
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseTechnical Aspects of Writing a Paper 2546
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseMore Details of Mathematical Writing 2849
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseEssential Rules of Grammar, Syntax, and Usage 3051
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseMore Rules of Grammar, Syntax, and Usage 4566

- Topics Specific to the Writing of Mathematics 5778
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Organize a Paper 5879
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to State a Theorem 6283
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Prove a Theorem 6485
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to State a Definition 6687
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Write an Abstract 6889
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Write a Bibliography 6990
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhat to Do Once the Paper is Written 7495
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhat to Do with the Paper 7495
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseMaking Progress 7596
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elsePublishing Your Paper 7697
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhich Are the Best Journals? 7798
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseJournal Backlog 7899
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWeb Submission 79100
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWaiting for a Decision 80101
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseBringing the Matter to Conclusion 80101
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseSkillful Use of \TeX 81102
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseGalley Proofs 82103

- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Importance of Notation 82103
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseA Coda on Collaborative Work 83104
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseRecognition of Good Writing 85106
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseClosing Thoughts on Effective Mathematical Writing 86107

- Exposition 87108
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhat Is Exposition? 87108
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Write an Expository Article 89110
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Write an Opinion Piece 91112
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Spirit of the Preface 93114
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow Important Is Exposition? 95116

- Other Types of Writing 97118
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Letter of Recommendation 98119
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWriting a Letter 98119
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseResponsibility of the Letter Writer 98119
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseGetting the Job Done 99120
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhat to Say in the Letter 99120
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseConclusion of the Letter 100121
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseNegative Feelings 100121
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Body of the Letter 101122
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseBinary Comparisons 101122
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseOther Specifics in the Letter 103124
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTravesties in Letters 103124
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseResponsibility of the Letter Writer 105126
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Closing Paragraph 106127
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseLetters Are Not Formulaic 106127
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseEnthusiasm in Letters 107128
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseLetters for Students 107128
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseDeclining to Write 109130
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseLetters for Your Masters and Doctoral Students 109130
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTruth in Letters 110131
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseAbility with English 110131
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThorny Matters 112133
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseMiscellaneous Issues 112133

- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Book Review 113134
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Referee’s Report 116137
- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Talk 117138
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Hold Forth 117138
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWhat Not to Do 118139
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseIngredients of a Good Talk 118139
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTime Management 119140
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Finish a Talk 119140
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTypes of Talks 120141
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTalk Checklist 120141
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Philosophy of a Talk 121142
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseHow to Present a Proof 122143
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseEntry Points and Exit Points 122143
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elsePrepare 123144
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseGive Proper Credit 124145
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseBlackboard Technique 124145
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseBeamer 124145
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseMore on Blackboard Technique 125146
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elsePowerPoint 126147
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTime Management 127148
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseSeminar Talks Versus Colloquium Talks 127148
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe SmartBoard 128149

- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseYour Vita, Your Grant, Your Job, Your Life 128149
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Curriculum Vitae 128149
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseOverstating the Case 130151
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTailoring Your Vita 132153
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Funding Picture 132153
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elsePreparation for Writing a Proposal 132153
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseYour Credibility 133154
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elsePage Limits 133154
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseProposals in Math Education 134155
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseSelf-Evaluation and Dissemination 134155
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseApplying for a Job 135156
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseMathJobs 135156
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThings to Include in Your Application 135156
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Job Visit 136157
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseTeaching Topics 137158
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseThe Job Offer 137158
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseJobs in the Private Sector 139160
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseWriting That Has an Impact 139160
- \ifnum2>\c@secnumdepth\elseUnusual CVs 139160

- \ifnum1>\c@secnumdepth\elseElectronic Mail 140161

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