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I'm using amsbook style and I'd like first paragraphs to be not indented - what can I add to the header to do this?

I don't want to use /noindent as then I'd have to use it all the way through my 200 page document, I'd prefer to do it automatically.

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You need to redefine \section. The relevant part of amsbook.cls is

\def\section{\@startsection{section}{1}%
  \z@{.7\linespacing\@plus\linespacing}{.5\linespacing}%
  {\normalfont\bfseries\centering}}

You want this:

\makeatletter
\def\section{\@startsection{section}{1}%
  \z@{-.7\linespacing\@plus\linespacing}{.5\linespacing}%
  {\normalfont\bfseries\centering}}
\makeatother

Note the negative value -.7.

Use\makeatletter ... \makeatother if you don't want to edit amsbook.cls.

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\documentclass{amsbook}
\begin{document}
\noindent Don't be lukewarm. If you cannot be the best, be the worst.

Second paragraph here\ldots
\end{document}

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  • Yes, that would work but I'd have to do it throughout my whole document and I'm sure there is a better way. – tannoreth Sep 28 '13 at 13:14

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