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Topic: What is the average number of errors per 100 pages of a math book?
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 magidin@math.berkeley.edu Posts: 11,749 Registered: 12/4/04
Re: What is the average number of errors per 100 pages of a math book?
Posted: Dec 8, 2012 6:53 PM
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On Saturday, December 8, 2012 7:18:03 AM UTC-6, Victor Porton wrote:
> Tonicopm@yahoo.com wrote:
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> > On Friday, December 7, 2012 8:47:11 PM UTC+2, Victor Porton wrote:
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> >> What is the average number of errors per 100 pages of a math book?
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> > Besides agreeing compeltely with Arturo's comment, the question here
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> > could be: why are you interested? Are you trying to find out whether you
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> > make the cut or what?
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> I try to estimate whether my draft book is good in this respect compared
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> with other authors.

That just makes you sound like an ignorant idiot.

No, really. It does.

If you are writing a book, on any subject, you should be striving for it to have as few errors as you possibly can, period. Not "fewer than average", not "fewer than Dr Smartypants's well-regarded book", not "just a couple per page."

As few as possible. That's it.

A book can have no errors and still be worthless.

A book can be full of minor (or sometimes even major errors) and yet be extremely valuable (yes, even a mathematical book).

You continue to put your emphasis in the wrong place, and demonstrate a complete lack of understanding and familiarity with the subject on which you are trying to pontificate.

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Arturo Magidin

Date Subject Author
12/7/12 Victor Porton
12/7/12 magidin@math.berkeley.edu
12/7/12 amzoti
12/7/12 Virgil
12/7/12 amzoti
12/8/12 Virgil
12/7/12 J. Antonio Perez M.
12/8/12 Victor Porton
12/8/12 J. Antonio Perez M.
12/8/12 Victor Porton
12/8/12 magidin@math.berkeley.edu
12/9/12 magidin@math.berkeley.edu
12/9/12 Victor Porton
12/9/12 magidin@math.berkeley.edu
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12/10/12 magidin@math.berkeley.edu
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12/11/12 J. Antonio Perez M.
12/11/12 magidin@math.berkeley.edu
12/12/12 David C. Ullrich
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