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