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
  • My answer is this 2 minute video link, youtube.com/watch?v=dF2lCIFoRlI – Sanjay Remanan Jul 20 at 18:19
  • @Hesam Part of the benefit of LaTeX is that changing the class doesn't necessarily require significant changes (if any) to the body of the document. Changing book to memoir on its own shouldn't change anything about your document. – Don Hosek Jul 22 at 13:29

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}





    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.%

\chapter{Unique Factorization}

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

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  • 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

I just use

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


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

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  • 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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