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.