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LaTeX (because scientists like open source and pretty equations)

Tutorials

  • https://www.latex-tutorial.com/tutorials/ - In depth tutorial
  • https://www.overleaf.com/learn/latex/Learn_LaTeX_in_30_minutes - Quick Tutorial
  • https://tex.stackexchange.com/ - Site where users can ask/answer questions about LaTeX
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhmkLrOjLsw - Comprehensive LaTeX Overview
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjp-a2uZWZc - Basic elements for writing a book/thesis in LaTeX
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcVP3gGUtGI - Formatting a Math Paper in LaTeX

Technical Manuals

  • http://mirrors.rit.edu/CTAN/info/latex2e-help-texinfo/latex2e.html - Manual on LaTeX 2e (current version)
  • https://tobi.oetiker.ch/lshort/lshort.pdf - Comprehensive Manual
  • https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX - Wikibook on LaTeX gets updated over time

Examples

Three main parts to LaTeX interface in Overleaf
  1. This is where all the different files used for the final document are held (pictures, bibliography, style specs)
  2. Source text where users write in LeX to make the final document. At the top are the packages used.
  3. PDF output of the TeX input, compiling all input documents together .
Poster created using LaTeX
Writing mathematical notation like this would be almost impossible without using LaTeX

Personal Experience

I wanted to write about LaTeX for this assignment because I think that it is a highly underrated text editor that not that many people outside of STEM academia get exposed to. I've used it countless times for this such as lengthy proofs in my math classes, lab reports in my physics classes, I made my CV using LaTeX, and I've even created two research posters. For me there is a night and day difference between using a typical word editor such as Microsoft word or Google docs and using LaTeX when creating scientific documents. At first, I was slightly overwhelmed trying to learn LaTeX but overtime I have come to appreciate the complete freedom LaTeX gives you to create exactly what you envision. Also, the community behind LaTeX is amazing and there are countless posts archived that answer very specific problems people might encounter. Also, overtime one can become very fast at creating LaTeX documents to the point where they can write math equations on LaTeX as fast as they can with a pencil (I'm not quite there yet). I encourage people not familiar with LaTeX to try it out. It may not be for everybody but once you get used to the high quality documents it produces there's no going back. With the advent of online LaTeX editors it is super easy to get preformed templates and change them to your liking. I also find that editing other people's LaTeX documents is a good way to learn the basics. As an added bonus it exposes people to ideas in programming in HTML.

References

  • clouds by anbileru adaleru from the Noun Project
  • Scientist by H Alberto Gongora from the Noun Project
  • Computer by Vectors Market from the Noun Project
  • Science paper by Llisole from the Noun Project
  • https://www.andy-roberts.net/writing/latex/benefits
  • https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1756/why-should-i-use-latex
  • https://www.latex-tutorial.com/tutorials/
  • https://www.inria.fr/en/news/news-from-inria/leslie-lamport-a-pioneering-scientific-career
  • https://www.latex-project.org/get/
Created By
Casey Dowdle
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