
Re: What annoys you in mathematical text?
Posted:
Jul 2, 2006 5:36 PM


On Mon, 03 Jul 2006 09:20:41 +1200, Ken Pledger <ken.pledger@mcs.vuw.ac.nz> wrote:
>In article <ju4aa2dlold2d08k0uf7rlp068md8bp9lj@no.spam>, > Toni Lassila <toni@nukespam.org> wrote: > >> I was thinking of ways to improve one's mathematical writing and went >> through some essays on what certain authors preferred with regards to >> style (rather than grammar). Many of the suggestions are of course >> contradictory, so I think that rather than trying to be clever and >> please everybody, it would just be better to avoid the common >> annoyances that people run into in mathematical texts. The risk is to >> become bland, but at least you'll be bland and inoffensive. >> >> So what particular things annoy you when reading a mathematical paper >> or a book? I would also appreciate hearing about people's annoyances >> that are somewhat nonstandard. I mean, everybody hates things like >> the overuse of "it's easy to see" and "clearly". What is your pet >> peeve of which you'd like to see authors rid themselves? > > You may like to look at a recent <sci.math> thread called "Halmos' >paper on writing mathematics". His little article "How to Write >Mathematics" is well worth a careful reading.
Other useful links:
http://wwwlmc.imag.fr/lmcsms/Bernard.Ycart/writing/writing.html

