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<p>Thanks for all your info. You've been really helpful. <BR /> <BR />I'm still debating the virtues of text and titling figures in this context. I supposed there are no real rules to follow, only what works for the job. <BR /> <BR />Matt <BR /> <BR /> <BR /></p>
Thu, 29 Apr 2004 17:50:55 +0000mattgilbertcomment 33133 at http://typophile.com
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<p>> Does anyone know why Baskerville was used quite <BR />> frequently in older textbooks in mathematics? <BR /> <BR />Maybe there's a French connection? The French have always liked Baskerville, and for a while they were doyens of Math in the west. <BR /> <BR />hhp <BR /></p>
Wed, 28 Apr 2004 21:44:37 +0000hrantcomment 33132 at http://typophile.com
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<p>Here is a link to Yannis's Baskerville article: <BR /> <BR /><a href="http://omega.enstb.org/yannis/pdf/article-gut99.pdf" target="_blank">http://omega.enstb.org/yannis/pdf/article-gut99.pdf</a> <BR /> <BR />He used text figures in text as well as in maths. Flipping through a copy of <i>G. Polya'</i>s famous book -- <i>How to Solve It</i> -- also shows that Baskerville with text figures was used; my copy was the Princeton University Press version from '88. <BR /> <BR />My question is: Does anyone know why Baskerville was used quite frequently in older textbooks in mathematics?</p>
Wed, 28 Apr 2004 12:35:13 +0000chanopcomment 33131 at http://typophile.com
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<p>Hi Matt, <BR /> <BR />There are not many choices for fonts with loads of mathematical symbols. Check these (TeX oriented) for some discussions: <BR /> <BR /><a href="http://www.ntg.nl/maps/pdf/21_18.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.ntg.nl/maps/pdf/21_18.pdf</a> <BR /><a href="http://home.vr-web.de/was/mathfonts.html" target="_blank">http://home.vr-web.de/was/mathfonts.html</a> <BR /><a href="http://www.yandy.com/products.htm#fonts" target="_blank">http://www.yandy.com/products.htm#fonts</a> <BR /><a href="http://www.micropress-inc.com/fonts.htm" target="_blank">http://www.micropress-inc.com/fonts.htm</a> <BR /> <BR />Thierry Bouche had some examples of using text figures in maths here: <BR /> <BR /><a href="http://tex.loria.fr/fontes/maths/cartan-english.html" target="_blank">http://tex.loria.fr/fontes/maths/cartan-english.html</a> <BR /> <BR />It's an attemp to reproduce the look of an older mathematical book which was set in Baskerville with text figures. Donald E. Knuth's <i>Concrete Mathematics</i> was also set with a mixture of text figures and lining figures for different purpose. The other bit was that DEK used different fonts: his CM Concrete for text and Zapf's Euler for maths. Yannis Haralambous wrote an artilce (in French) on how he used Baskerville for maths -- the like is currently down for me, cannot confirm. <BR /> <BR />I have started trying to set my current writing with text figures. The pages look quite nice with Minion, New Baskerville, and Euler in different run of course. Cronos+Euler looks quite handsome on a projector.</p>
Wed, 28 Apr 2004 05:06:26 +0000chanopcomment 33130 at http://typophile.com