5. Pretty Punctuation
These notes are from the 2018 version of the course. A significantly expanded new version will be made available once the 2019 course starts. 🤓
Some would say that spelling errors are the quickest and surest way to discourage a reader before they even reach the mathematical content. But whilst spelling errors suggest the obvious—that you have not proofread your work—punctuation errors can be a more insidious influence, subtly misdirecting the (unaware) reader.
In this lecture we cover all the common punctuation symbols (period, comma, colon, hyphen, quotation marks, question and exclamation marks, parentheses, ellipses) and some of the less-discussed ones (semicolon, en dash, em dash) as they occur in mathematical English.