October 07, 2008


If there are various style manuals (like Chicago or APA or such) for proper grammar and punctuation (oh, i picked up Eats, Shoots, and Leaves for free today!), why is there not (or so hard to find) similar manuals for mathematical styles.

For example: Is there a law written somewhere that says scientific notation only uses the "x" multiplications symbol rather than the dot or anything else? (I would actually prefer there to be such a law....I like consistency...and I know that the Texas math contest/UIL rules specify that the the number is wrong if they student doesn't use the x for proper sci notation)

I know that there are some other stylistic and consistency issues too. I'm just not thinking of them at the moment. Anyone know of such a math manual?

Oh, and long-term migraines such. A lot.

Posted by Anna at October 7, 2008 06:08 PM | TrackBack