Reviews and comments on the book Learning LaTeX
by David F. Griffiths and Desmond J. Higham,
published by SIAM , 1997, ISBN 0-89871-383-8.

  • A short review in TUGboat (a communication of the TeX User's Group), Volume 34, 2013, Boris Veytsman, 17 years after publication. "Even today, when many good books are available for beginners, this one stands out."

  • The American Mathematical Monthly, Telegraphic Reviews, Vol 104, No 6, 1997.
    A clear, simple, up-to-date, sometimes amusing introduction to LaTeX---brief yet surprisingly comprehensive. Covers basics, graphics, bibliographies, indexes, slides, electronic resources, differences between ``old'' and ``new'' LaTeX, etc. Rich with brief but pertinent examples.

  • A short Review by Robert M. Corless, University of Western Ontario.

  • Ken Jackson, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto:
    Learning LaTeX, by David F. Griffiths and Desmond J. Higham, is an excellent, easy-to-read introduction to LaTeX, the popular typesetting system used extensively in the mathematical sciences. Although this primer is brief, it covers the essentials of this text processing system remarkably clearly and with far more humour than one normally encounters in computer documentation. I strongly recommend it to anyone intending to learn LaTeX.
    Although not a comprehensive guide to LaTeX, the authors have done an excellent job in choosing the topics that most beginning users of this powerful typesetting system will likely find the most useful. After a day reading this text and experimenting with the examples contained in it, most computer-literate readers should be able to start writing their own LaTeX files and producing documents that appear professionally typeset. Moreover, the authors are very conscientious in providing references to other sources, both in print and on the Internet, where more esoteric features of LaTeX are explained in detail.

  • Andrew Malcolm, United Kingdom Meteorological Office:
    This book is an excellent introductory text for anyone using LaTeX for the first time. Especially those writing mathematical papers or theses. It describes and gives examples of the most regularly used constructions but keeps the whole process simple. It is laid out in an excellent progression through the steps involved in the preparation of a LaTeX document. The examples given clearly illustrate the points which the authors want to make.

  • George M. Phillips, Mathematical Insitute, University of St Andrews:
    Most beginners in LaTeX do not wish to read through a large comprehensive manual. They want a brief account which covers the essential elements of the subject. This excellent book by Griffiths and Higham is the answer. It begins very gently, showing how to produce a simple document, and goes on to cover the basics in an easy-going but rigorous style. Light-hearted touches add some fun on the way. Yet this book is most carefully written and packs a lot into its 80 plus pages .
    While working through the text, the reader's understanding needs to be reinforced and tested by trying out the examples and variants thereof. (The judge and jury here is, of course, LaTeX itself.) The typical beginner, desperately keen to write that first paper in LaTeX, will probably not read the whole book before starting. Then the book changes from sympathetic tutor to reliable reference manual. The first-rate index makes the book equally good in this second and more enduring role.

  • Lawrence F. Shampine, Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University:
    The book is aimed squarely at beginners to LaTeX who wish to learn the basics with a minimum of fuss. It's always clear and to the point. The many examples are often amusing. I like this little book a lot.

  • Charlie Van Loan, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University:
    An excellent introduction for new graduate students and others who are about to write their first mathematical paper.

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