Category Archives: typography

mathematics presents specific problems to the typographer

New Year thoughts

It was with some relief that I saw that this year WordPress have not sent a summary of the year just past. So I was able to look at the statistics and make my own judgement. Numbers of visitors and … Continue reading

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Hermann Zapf

I learned from today’s Guardian that the type designer Hermann Zapf died last week at the age of 96. The journalist focussed his article on Zapf’s revolutionary Dingbats font, but for me and other TeX users, his great contribution was … Continue reading

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Generation, t-designs and other mathematical notation

Donald Knuth, a mathematician (his adviser was Marshall Hall, his thesis on algebraic structures related to projective planes) turned computer scientist, became dissatisfied with typesetting while producing his multi-volume The Art of Computer Programming. So he took time off to … Continue reading

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A new look

I’ve known for a long time that it is a bit hypocritical to run a blog which (among other things) grumbles about the ubiquity of sans-serif fonts, when the default body text font is sans-serif. So finally I have got … Continue reading

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Knuth on typesetting

Social media is ephemeral; mathematics has a surprising permanence. Where does that leave mathematics blogs? Looking at the viewing statistics, it is clear that some of my posts really are ephemeral: a post on my summer holiday has had just … Continue reading

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Mathematical typesetting (yet again)

I don’t apologise for revisiting one of my pet topics. This was partly inspired by reading Simon Garfield’s book Just my type over the holidays. About the only generally accepted principle in typography is People read most efficiently what they … Continue reading

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A puzzle

Can anyone suggest an improper use for this object (or even a proper use)? By the way, look closely at the typography: it is a bit difficult to see, but the pound sign is italic, while the rest of the … Continue reading

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