Will J. Merry

Communication in Mathematics Lecture Notes

10. Writing a Thesis

We walk you through the process of writing a thesis. We discuss the preparation phase, the global layout, and give some tips on how to revise your draft.

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8. Notation and Conventions

Successful communication within a scientific subject depends on all participants knowing and following a set of specific conventions. We discuss these today.

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7. Reader and Writer

We discuss who the “Ideal Reader” of your thesis/semester paper/etc is and how to pitch your work so that they best appreciate it.

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6. Grammar Gaffes

Today we discuss the tense, mood, and voice of verbs in formal mathematical writing, and warn against the temptation to abuse the grammar rules.

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5. Pretty Punctuation

We cover the common punctuation symbols (period, comma, colon, hyphen, parentheses, ellipses, em dash and more) that occur in mathematical English.

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4. Unfortunate Word Choices

We look at unnecessary words and verbose phrases, then move onto words with multiple meanings, relative clauses, and pairs of commonly confused words.

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3. Troublesome Words

We discuss determiners, which come before the nouns and provide them with context, some potentially ambiguous pronouns, and opinion words.

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