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The Joy of TeX, a Gourmet Guide to Typesetting with the AMSTeX Macro Package, Second Edition
M. D. Spivak, Houston, TX
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1990; 309 pp; softcover
Reprint/Revision History:
third printing 1996; fourth printing 2004
ISBN-10: 0-8218-2997-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-2997-4
List Price: US$45
Member Price: US$36
Order Code: JOYT
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The Joy of TeX is the user-friendly guide to AMSTeX, a software package based on the computer typesetting language TeX.

AMSTeX was designed to simplify typesetting of mathematical quantities, equations, and displays, and to format the output according to any of various preset style specifications. This second edition of Joy reflects the changes introduced on Version 2.0 of the AMSTeX macro package.

The first two parts of the manual, "Starters" and "Main Courses", teach the reader how to typeset the kind of text and mathematics one ordinarily encounters. "Sauces and Pickles", the third section, treats more exotic problems and includes a 60-page dictionary of special TeXniques. The manual also includes descriptions of conventions of mathematical typography to help the novice technical typist. Appendices list handy summaries of frequently used and more esoteric symbols.

This manual is useful for technical typists as well as scientists who prepare their own manuscripts. For the novice, exercises sprinkled generously throughout each chapter encourage the reader to sit down at a terminal and learn through experimentation.

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