A new way to collaborate: DropBox

I have a long-time collaborator who lives in Georgia (I’m in Pennsylvania). I’ve had good luck collaborating with him via email, but it is a pain. As soon as one of us edits a file he sends it to the other person as an email attachment. We haven’t had any “forked” files, but we do…

LaTeX now available in Google Docs

Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist (yes, that is really his title) and inventor of the internet Vint Cerf visited our campus a couple of years ago. At one point he asked about what people wanted from Google. I said that I would love a Google Docs/LaTeX mashup. How great would it be for…

What is the LaTeX code for that?

It is hard to count how many times I’ve scrolled through Scott Pakin’s The Comprehensive LATEX Symbol List (pdf) looking for the LaTeX code for some obscure mathematical symbol. That pdf document may no longer be the first place I turn. Daniel Kirsch, a math student from Münster, Germany has created a very useful website…

LaTeX bugs in WordPress

Terrence Tao wrote a blog post today about LaTeX bugs in WordPress. He suggests compiling a list of all bugs so that WordPress can work on them. I had already discovered the closed bracket bug that Tao describes. I have also encountered a bug similar to the one mentioned in the first comment to Tao’s…

Secrets of my success

Here are the five things I need to be a productive mathematician. 1. Time to think 2. Time to think 3. LATEX (I find most of my errors while typing my work) 4. Someone to talk to (it is great having a collaborator) 5. Coffee (I have no memory of not liking the taste of…