LaTeX is a typesetting system for publishing mathematics. Originally developed in the 1970s by Donald Knuth, it is now used by virtually all mathematics journals. Thus learning to use LaTeX is a universal rite of passage for mathematicians. LaTeX itself is available free of charge, and the software itself is under an open-source license.
My advice is to just install LaTeX and start working. Use one of the template files below to get started.
LaTeX distributions and editors
- TeX Live is an extremely comprehensive, free LaTeX distribution. It includes a bare-bones LaTeX editor. I can lend you a DVD to install it, or you can install it over the internet or download the DVD yourself.
- Miktex is another popular, free LaTeX distribution for Windows.
- If you are fortunate enough work on a UNIX system, I recommend Emacs or XEmacs as an editor.
- If you are forced to use Windows, things are worse. Installing Emacs for Windows is an option. The WinEdt editor has been recommended to me; it’s available to students for a $30 license fee.
- A First LaTeX Document by Jim Hefferon.
- The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e – a classic, thorough manual.
Things I have written
- A BiBTeX style to format references by author and then by year, as in Jech’s Set theory and other books. Example: ay-demo.pdf;`. Source files: authoryear.tgz.