I'm using the standard packages - amsmath, amssymb, amsthm.

\big( is too big while simply ( is too small. Is there a nice way to get something in between?

  • Which math font family do you use? – Mico May 12 '16 at 3:33
  • Regular (computer modern) – thorium May 12 '16 at 5:43
  • Hmmm, I find that with Computer Modern, \big( is only slightly bigger than (. Are you maybe using \Big(? – Mico May 12 '16 at 6:41
  • No I checked. I think I'm just being very fussy. But then again, LaTeX's flexibility is great, so why not continue being fussy! – thorium May 12 '16 at 6:48
  • can you show us an example of what you're getting (and code that shows how you got it)? computer modern doesn't have any intermediate size between "normal text size" and \big. – barbara beeton May 12 '16 at 13:53

Probably \left( and \right) do a convenient height adjustment.

  • Not at all. Not at all. Not at all. – egreg May 12 '16 at 11:22
  • The \left( and similar are famous for not being the correct size. I am pretty sure, that most people writing serious math select the size manually. tex.stackexchange.com/a/12793/8650 – hpekristiansen May 13 '16 at 14:20

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