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I am using the book document class and what I would like to do is to have a abstract like text at the start of every chapter (in smaller font outlining what will happen in the chapter, etc.). I don't have a problem changing to amsbook if that helps in anyway.

Example: http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Introduction-Modern-Graduate-Mathematics/dp/038797329X

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    The memoir document class has a built in chapterprecis which looks like it does what you want... – Seamus Sep 25 '10 at 17:24
  • I see but then I have never worked with the memoir class, it seems so overly complicated ... – Hesam Sep 25 '10 at 20:09
  • Is it easier to start with Latex and add some extra classes or directly learn memoir or Koma? – skan Nov 10 '16 at 16:23
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Here is an example that uses one of the KOMA-Script classes to achieve a similar effect:

\documentclass[pagesize=auto, version=last, chapterprefix=true]{scrbook}

\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amsfonts}

\renewcommand*{\thesection}{\S\enspace\arabic{section}}
\renewcommand*{\dictumwidth}{0.7\textwidth}
\renewcommand*{\raggeddictum}{\raggedright}
\renewcommand*{\raggeddictumtext}{}

\addtokomafont{disposition}{\rmfamily\mdseries}
\addtokomafont{chapterprefix}{\large}
\setkomafont{dictumtext}{\normalfont\normalcolor\itshape\setlength{\parindent}{1em}\noindent}


\begin{document}


\setchapterpreamble{%
  \dictum{%
    The notion of prime number is fundamental in number theory.
    The first part of this chapter is devoted to proving that every integer can be written as a product of primes in an essentially unique way.

    After that, we shall prove an analogous theorem in the ring of polynomials over a field.%
  }%
  \vspace{24pt}%
}

\chapter{Unique Factorization}

\section{Unique Factorization in $\mathbb Z$}


\end{document}
  • Nice example of KOMA-Script. – TH. Sep 25 '10 at 11:29
  • Is it easier to learn Latex and add some extra classes or directly learn memoir or Koma? – skan Nov 10 '16 at 16:23
9

I just use

\begin{quote}
{\small ...}
\end{quote} 
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You can define a similar abstract environment to your example using

\newenvironment{abstract}{\rightskip1in\itshape}{}

Just use \begin{abstract}...\end{abstract} after your \chapter and then start a \section after that.

  • I get an error "Abstract already defined". Could you advise on what to do please? – user130222 Jun 14 '16 at 18:13
  • @user130222 then just call it something else like ChapterAbstract – carandraug Feb 9 '17 at 17:19

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