Arizona Winter School 2001
Professional Development Component

Silvio Levy
Writing and communicating mathematics

We will discuss and see how to achieve several features that distinguish a good piece of mathematical writing from an average one -- including clarity, consistency, appropriateness to its audience, conciseness, elegance, and good grammar. The talks will be illustrated with examples and will include hands-on exercises and a brief survey of the existing literature on writing mathematics.
Among the practical topics covered: choosing a writing style and sticking to it; cutting unnecessary verbiage; avoiding leaps of logic; making reader-friendly choices; using good figures; polishing one's writing. If there is interest and time I will devote 15 to 20 minutes to the efficient use of (la)tex and the concerns of its users.