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I am a mathematical physicist at the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the School of Mathematics of The University of Edinburgh, in sunny Scotland. I am a founding member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group and regular contributor to its blog.


Aug
28
comment In TexLive 2009, 'tlmgr' tells me there are 'no updates available' for months now. Really?
I'm running a pretest version of TeXLive 2010, but I also find with tlmgr (and what I believe to be a correct repository) that no updates are available. Is this also the expected behaviour?
Aug
25
comment \colon for maps in opposite direction
Yes, I understand and agree that there is a semantic distinction. Alas, I find $f:A\to B$ much easier to parse (in the source) than $f\colon A \to B$, not to mention easier to type. So will not be using \colon any time soon :(
Aug
25
comment \colon for maps in opposite direction
Why is \colon preferred over :? I just checked a random sample of books in my office and the overwhelming majority uses the symmetrical spacing of :. The exceptions (among the 15 or so books I checked) are Atiyah-MacDonald, Besse and Kobayashi-Nomizu. I have to admit that I never sat down to think about this before.
Aug
24
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Aug
21
revised Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX
edited body
Aug
20
answered Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX
Aug
20
comment New language - hyphenation
@Arthur: Yes! That's the one. Many thanks.
Aug
19
comment New language - hyphenation
@Konrad: Hyphenation in English is a bit like English Common Law. It's by precedent: so you have to see how it was done in the past. Nowadays it's recorded in the dictionaries, of course. Hyphenation in TeX has a curious history, though: it's the result of a couple of PhD theses supervised by Knuth in Stanford. I'll try to fish out the reference later.
Aug
16
comment New language - hyphenation
I understand -- I was simply suggesting using the Castillian hyphenation patterns which already exist.
Aug
16
comment Aquamac AucTeX should open PDF in external viewer, not render it in Emacs buffer
I think that Aquamacs (version 2.0 (or 2.1?) by the way: 23.1 is the GNU Emacs version on which it is based) should read the system's default application to open PDF files out of the box without any need for customisation.
Aug
14
comment What fonts are available for LaTeX?
I realise that your question mentions LaTeX explicitly, so you may already be aware of Xe(La)TeX and do not wish to consider it. But just in case, Xe(La)TeX allows you to use pretty much any font present in your system.
Aug
12
revised Footnotes in tables?
added 306 characters in body
Aug
12
asked Footnotes in tables?
Aug
11
comment New language - hyphenation
Hyphenation in English is a pain (and worth a PhD thesis or two) but I remember learning the Castillian hyphenation rules in school as a child, so it would seem to be much simpler (unless I'm missing something, of course). Is hyphenation in Asturian all that different from Castillian?
Aug
10
comment What is the correct way to do delimiters?
In English, "goniometric" functions are more commonly known as trigonometric functions. I don't think that this is a TeXnical term :)
Aug
10
comment How to determine the true size of a font?
msw: thanks -- can you point to some literature on (attempts at) a precise definition of the size of a fontface? I'm curious. Thanks in advance.
Aug
10
comment Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends
Lev, I'm still finding typos in my own thesis, written over 20 years ago. (Let me just point out, though, that Feynman's name is inexplicably also misspelled in the references. Don't tell me you wrote the bibliography by hand...)
Aug
10
answered What is the minimum TeX one can use to put together a mathematical document?
Aug
9
comment Grid System in LaTeX
+1 for the link to The Vignelli Canon -- interesting document.
Aug
9
answered How can I make a table that takes up more than a single page?