austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

There's too much on my mind

ensemble ensemble ensemble ensemble ensemble ensemble ensemble ensemble

I've been putting in serious and long hours to get the textbook's index done. I mean serious and long to me. If you looked you'd think they're still 60 minutes long and of average joviality. Mostly it's a process of identifying every noun, deciding whether it's likely to be sought, and choosing an appropriate index entry. If you think that appeals to someone with mild obsessive-compulsive behavior and a need to read every word ... well, yes, it does, but that doesn't make it not work. For example, there's staring at every word until it goes past looking funny and turns into looking like no word could possibly have that form and I feel like a fool for ever putting it in.

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Since I despise skimpy indices in mathematics books you'd think my own prescription would be easy: index everything. LaTeX makes it fairly easy -- add \index{item} when I want ``item'' pointing to that page -- but there's a lot of things. Subheadings mess even that up. It's nice to want a rule like ``main noun as the keyword, subordinate nouns or adjectives as subheadings'' ... but should ``Poisson bracket'' be indexed as ``bracket, Poisson'' or ``Poisson, bracket'', when there ares no other brackets worth mentioning and there are other Poisson things which are? Is the keyword be the most general or the most unusual word in the phraese? Should ``symplectic variable'', ``symplectic coordinate'', ``symplectic manifold'', and ``symplectic transformation'' be subheadings of the adjective ``symplectic'', or should they be subheads of the respective nouns? And how did it turn into ``symplecticic'' in one chapter?

variation variance variational rotational rotation reflection

It's a great way to find minor inconsistencies hyphenation and capitalization and I'm just glad I know enough regexp to search for unintended variations on a phrase. And being perfectly consistent is important only to me. It's wonderful agony.

correlation function ... function, correlation ... correlation, function ... correlation function ... function, correlation ... correlation, function ...

Trivia: Bernhard Riemann presented his probationary lecture, on differential geometry, on 10 June 1854, earning the enthusiastic approval of his thesis supervisor, Carl Friedrich Gauss. Source: Men of Mathematics, E T Bell.

Currently Reading: Willard Gibbs, Muriel Rukeyser.


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