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More math into LATEX. 4th ed. (English) Zbl 1145.68049
New York, NY: Springer (ISBN 978-0-387-32289-6/pbk; 978-0-387-68852-7/ebook). xxxiv, 619 p. (2007).
The essence of the earlier editions is also maintained in the present 4th edition of this book (see Zbl 0922.68141 and Zbl 0942.68137 for reviews of earlier editions). Seven years after the publication of the 3rd edition, the author mentions that LaTEX and the \(\mathcal{AMS}\) packages have changed only minimally. The speed of the computers has increased, however, as rapidly as before, so now it is just a matter of seconds to typeset whole books, the one reviewed here was typeset on the author’s machine in 1.8 sec.
In his preface, the author points out what has changed as compared to the 3rd edition. First he says that he discontinues to distinguish between the TEX, the LaTEX and the \(\mathcal{AMS}\) packages and that he rolled them into one package which he simply calls LaTEX in the book.
Second, he notices that the wide acceptance of the PDF format is evident everywhere, therefore he takes up representations as a major topic (Chapter 4 in Part I, Chapter 13/14 in Part IV).
Also does the author point on the welcome effect that the number of LaTEX-implementations and text editors used to do the input work has come down to only very few in each of the different worlds (UNIX, Mac and PC).
It is also worth mentioning that, in a foreword to the book, Rainer Schöpf from the LaTEX3 team just writes a few lines on the history of LaTEX and recommends this book to be the one for both to learn LaTEX and to work with it. This meets also the reviewer’s impressions.

MSC:
68U15 Computing methodologies for text processing; mathematical typography
68-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to computer science
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