# Why are modern prints of math books not printed in LaTeX?

1. Jun 30, 2011

### Samuelb88

Title says it all. I was reading my textbook today and it dawned on me that not a single textbook on mathematics that I've read has been printed in LaTeX. Instead, I believe it's printed in Times New Roman. At any rate, I think the font style looks much worse than the standard LaTeX font. Does anyone know why this is?

2. Jun 30, 2011

### Gib Z

You mean copies of old books? I would guess because no ones really complaining about how it's typed in the old books, they look fine as they are, and converting hundreds of pages for each book into LaTeX code would be an extreme bother.

3. Jun 30, 2011

### Stephen Tashi

Are you saying "LaTex" is a font style?

4. Jun 30, 2011

### Samuelb88

No, when I say font style of LaTeX, I mean the the default font that is used when a document is created in LaTeX. e.g. $x, y, z$ etc... What would you call it?

5. Jun 30, 2011

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
Times Roman italic, isn't that the default for LaTeX math symbols?

6. Jun 30, 2011

### LCKurtz

7. Jun 30, 2011

### Samuelb88

I never said it was!

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