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Topic: What annoys you in mathematical text?
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Toni Lassila

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Re: What annoys you in mathematical text?
Posted: Jul 2, 2006 5:36 PM
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On Mon, 03 Jul 2006 09:20:41 +1200, Ken Pledger
<> wrote:

>In article <ju4aa2dlold2d08k0uf7rlp068md8bp9lj@no.spam>,
> Toni Lassila <> 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 non-standard. 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.

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