"I am thrilled (and not a little embarrassed) by how much I
have learned from this beautifully crafted volume. With wit
and wisdom, Dr. Higham has delivered the message of the great
grammarians to the community of the mathematical scientists.
Research students will appreciate the author's portrayal of
the publication process and his erudite treatment of the
electronic goodies that should be in every technical writer's
toolkit. As for me, I cannot imagine writing or refereeing
ever again without the Handbook by my side."
-- Charles Van Loan, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University.
"A working mathematician can readily find guidance on how to
handle citations, prepare slides, and use computer
aids...could serve as a text for a much needed short course
for advanced graduate students, particularly those for whom
English is not their native language...The book is filled
with helpful examples."
-- Beresford Parlett, University of California, Berkeley.
"This book is a gem and should be available in every math science
department and library."
-- Ingram Olkin, Department of Statistics, Stanford University.
"RESEARCH - it is only when you write down your ideas that
you will get a full understanding of your thinking. ART -
the "beauty" of art or writing is not given for free. It is
only by practicing you will get the skill. Compare with any
type of sports or playing an instrument - you can be born
with some talent but that is not enough to be a good
performer! CRAFT - to write for publication you have to
follow many rules and traditions, and learn to use computer
tools for scientific writing. . . all these aspects are
explicitly or implicitly covered in the book. I highly
recommend to use Higham's book as a mandatory text book for
graduate students in the Mathematical Sciences."
-- Bo Kagstrom, University of Umea, Sweden.
"This book, will be particularly useful for those publishing
mathematical papers or theses in English for the first time,
and also for those more experienced in publishing who are
starting to use electronic aids in the publication and
presentation processes. This book is strongly recommended as
general reading for new graduate students, especially for
non-native English speakers, and as a reference for students
and faculty who wish to gain experience in the use of
electronic publication aids."
-- Ian Gladwell, Southern Methodist University.
"Any professional mathematician (whether in the corporate world or in
academe) who writes, and therefore puts math into print, should have
this handbook on the reference shelf ...The information needed by
writers, editors, and their assistants to prepare clear, accurate, and
understandable mathematical material is contained in this
book. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students should read it from
cover to cover. They will then find themselves well prepared to
express their thoughts in writing throughout their scientific careers"
--Barbara A. Simmons, Technical Communication
"Higham's handbook is to the technical writer what The Elements of
Style by Strunk and White is to the liberal arts writer. I've reached
for The Elements of Style many times and expect to reach for Handbook
of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences even more frequently."
--Keith Parris, Senior Technical Writer, Alcatel Network System