I'm a Latex user. I've been using Palatino for typesetting a piece mathematical text:


The results are good, however I don't like the blackboard-bold given by mathpazo. Is there some option to pass to mathpazo, or some nice hack that will give me back my beloved AMSmath \mathbb symbols?

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    - we've heard so many criticisms of the \mathbb alphabet here at ams that it's nice to hear it called "beloved". thanks! Jul 1, 2011 at 12:20
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    Let me add in my affection for the ams \mathbb symbols as well :)
    – Suresh
    Jul 1, 2011 at 16:02

3 Answers 3


You have to restate the meaning of \mathbb:


This should go somewhere after loading mathpazo.

  • How about the font for \varmathbb?
    – jeecabz
    Sep 6, 2012 at 7:16

give the kpfonts a try, they are similiar to palatino, but have also sans serif and typewriter fonts:



Serif text, and
\textsf{Sans Serif}, and 

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There is in fact a package option for this: if you pass noBBpl to mathpazo, then its blackboard bold fonts are not loaded. That also means you have to load the AMS ones separately, but that just means using amssymb, which is simpler than defining another symbol font alphabet:

% these two \usepackage commands make it work
In this document,
    \item $\mathbb N$ will denote the natural numbers,
    \item $\mathbb Z$ will denote the integers,
    \item $\mathbb Q$ will denote the rational numbers,
    \item $\mathbb R$ will denote the real numbers, and
    \item $\mathbb C$ will denote the complex numbers.

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