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LaTeX in 24 Hours

A Practical Guide for Scientific Writing

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  • © 2017


  • Provides insight into LaTeX for scientific writers with little or no prior technical experience
  • Presents easy and understandable exercises and examples to get to grips with LaTeX fast
  • Demystifies the intricacies of working with LaTeX for academic writing
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About this book

This book presents direct and concise explanations and examples to many LaTeX syntax and structures, allowing students and researchers to quickly understand the basics that are required for writing and preparing book manuscripts, journal articles, reports, presentation slides and academic theses and dissertations for publication. 

Unlike much of the literature currently available on LaTeX, which takes a more technical stance, focusing on the details of the software itself, this book presents a user-focused guide that is concerned with its application to everyday tasks and scenarios. It is packed with exercises and looks at topics like formatting text, drawing and inserting tables and figures, bibliographies and indexes, equations, slides, and provides valuable explanations to error and warning messages so you can get work done with the least time and effort needed. This means LaTeX in 24 Hours can be used by students and researchers with little or no previous experience with LaTeX to gain quick and noticeable results, as well as being used as a quick reference guide for those more experienced who want to refresh their knowledge on the subject.

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“This work is a great option for people who want to quickly and efficiently learn how to prepare a document in LaTeX. Every aspect of writing a document is presented with enough detail to cover the preparation of a thesis, a scientific textbook, a research article, a conference presentation, a poster, and other relevant works. So researchers of all levels, from lower to high, will find the information needed to complete their work in style.” (Lazaros Moysis, zbMATH 1447.68001, 2020)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mechanical Engineering Dept, Tezpur University Mechanical Engineering Dept, Tezpur, India

    Dilip Datta

About the author

Dilip Datta obtained his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gauhati University in India, his Masters Degree in Applied Mechanics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and a Ph.D in Optimization from IIT, Kanpur and has been teaching for more than twenty years. His research area is optimization, especially evolutionary algorithms for multi-objective combinatorial optimization problems. This book is written from his personal and professional experience using and teaching LaTeX.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: LaTeX in 24 Hours

  • Book Subtitle: A Practical Guide for Scientific Writing

  • Authors: Dilip Datta

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-47830-2Published: 07 July 2017

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-47831-9Published: 27 June 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 296

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Popular Computer Science, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Programming Techniques

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