[OS X TeX] TeX and the wild wild world out there

Alessandro Andretta alessandroandretta at mac.com
Wed Nov 29 16:08:06 EST 2006

On 29 Nov 2006, at 20:21, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> Yes, and let's not accept, say, what the next Grothendieck/Perelman  
> write because she doesn't want to take away any time from her  
> mathematical work to learn the beautiful LaTeX. Hey, if she wants  
> me to read her, she better accomodate my eyes and kiss my feet too.
> I think that this kind of attitude is truly sad.

Agree, but the problem is that most mathematicians are no  
Grothendieck/Perelman/ or anyother Fields medalist.
I think sloppyness should be chastised. I have a (very good) grad  
student who recently finished his PhD under a joint
supervision of another mathematician and myself. He wrote a very good  
thesis (from the mathematical point of view)
with lost of horrible LaTeX code. A few days ago, I was helping him  
writing some slides and I gave him hell for all these
crass mistakes: after seeing that he could write MUCH better slides  
with 1/3 of the lines of code, he agreed that
he should have spent a bit more time on LaTeX.

I think it is just like social protocols: although we might want to  
associate with a genius regardless of his/her
personal hygienic standards, a normal individual that does not bath  
regularly will be an outcast....


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