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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.


Nov
3
comment Square root sign has dotted line (PGF/TikZ + XeLaTeX). Is this a bug? Is there a workaround?
Indeed! That works! (But this is surely not the intended behaviour, right?)
Mar
15
comment “Undefined control sequence” error with fontspec
Excellent! Many thanks! This solves my problem.
Mar
11
comment `\pounds` misbehaving with the `eulervm` package even in T1 encoding
Ah, I didn't know -- thanks!
Mar
11
comment `\pounds` misbehaving with the `eulervm` package even in T1 encoding
One question: why do you recommend utf8 instead of utf8x? I must admit I forgot why I made that choice when I thought about that problem.
Mar
11
comment `\pounds` misbehaving with the `eulervm` package even in T1 encoding
Thanks. I am undecided about leaving the £ outside of math mode. I tend to agree that they detract from the maths, yet at the same the currency is a system of units and just as in physics formulae, the units are often part of the equation.
Mar
11
comment `\pounds` misbehaving with the `eulervm` package even in T1 encoding
In the meantime I'm putting the £ outside math-mode, so it's not as if this is critical, but I would like to know the answer.
Feb
28
comment Changing the font for “alert” in beamer
Many thanks! I didn't think to look in the code :(
Aug
28
comment In TexLive 2009, 'tlmgr' tells me there are 'no updates available' for months now. Really?
If I may answer my own question... I just came across a thread in the tex-live mailing list which seems to suggest that TeXLive 2010 pretest is also frozen prior to release.
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
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
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...)