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Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

The Bulletin publishes expository articles on contemporary mathematical research, written in a way that gives insight to mathematicians who may not be experts in the particular topic. The Bulletin also publishes reviews of selected books in mathematics and short articles in the Mathematical Perspectives section, both by invitation only.

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Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 1 (1979), 337-372
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  • Donald E. Knuth, Tau Epsilon Chi, a system for technical text, American Mathematical Society, Providence, R.I., 1979. Revised version of Stanford Computer Science report number STAN-CS-78-675. MR 537439
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  • Giovanni Mardersteig, The alphabet of Francesco Torniello (1517) da Novara, Verona, Officini Bodoni, 1971.
  • M. V. Mathews and Joan E. Miller, Computer editing, typesetting, and image generation, Proc. AFIPS Fall Joint Computer Conf. 27 (1965), 389-398.
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  • Joseph Moxon, Regulae trium ordinum literarum typographicarum, or the rules of the three orders of print letters: viz. the roman, italick, english capitals and small; Shewing how they are compounded of Geometrick Figures, and mostly made by Rule and Compass, London, Joseph Moxon, 1676.
  • Phoebe J. Murdock, New alphabets and symbols for typesetting mathematics, Scholarly Publishing 8 (1976), 44-53. Reprinted in Notices Amer. Math. Soc. 24 (1977), 63-67.
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Raster scan approaches to computer graphics, Computers and Graphics 2 (1977), 179-193.
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  • Luca Pacioli, Divina Proportione, Opera a tutti glingegni perspicaci e curiosi necessaria Ove ciascun studioso di Philosophia, Propectiva, Pictura, Sculptura: Architecturo: Musice: altre Mathematice: suavissima: sottile: e admirable et doctrina consequira: e delectarassi: con varie questione de secretissima scientia (Venice, 1509).
  • Giovanbattista Palatino Cittadino Romano, Libro primo del le lettere maiuscole antiche romane (unpublished), Berlin Kunstbibliothek, MS. OS5280. Some of the individual pages are dated 1543, 1546, 1549, 1574, or 1575. See James Wardrop, Civis romanus sum: Giovanbattista Palatino and his circle, Signature, n.s. 14 (1952), 3-39.
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  • R. G. D. Richardson, The twenty-ninth annual meeting of the Society, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 29 (1923), 97-116. (See also vol. 28 (1922) pp. 234-235, 378 for comments on the special Transactions volume, and pp. 2-3 of vol. 28 for discussion of deficits due to increased cost of printing).
  • Glenn E. Roudabush, Charles R. T. Bacon, R. Bruce Briggs, James A. Fierst, Dale W. Isner and Hiroshi A. Noguni, The left hand of scholarship: Computer experiments with recorded text as a communication media, Proc. AFIPS Fall Joint Computer Conf. 27 (1965), 399-411.
  • Ellen Swanson, Mathematics into type, Revised edition, American Mathematical Society, Providence, R.I., 1979. Copy editing and proofreading of mathematics for editorial assistants and authors. MR 553111
  • Francesco Torniello, Opera del modo de fare le littere mauiscuole antique, Milan, Italy, 1517.
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  • Hermann Zapf, About alphabets: some marginal notes on type design, Cambridge, Mass., M.I.T. Press, 1970.
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