Writing Beautiful Mathematics
As part of our MSc Mathematics course, students learn (if they don't already know) how to use the wonderful mathematical typesetting package LaTeX to produce beautifully typeset mathematics, and we require all mathematics dissertations to be created using this package. We don't insist that undergraduates learn LaTeX, but if you have a couple of days to devote to it, it's well worth that investment. If you'd like to learn LaTeX, here are some resources from the module on LaTeX that I created for Birkbeck MSc Maths students.The first thing you'll need is to install the (free) software  I recommend an editor called TeXstudio, along with the actual software to produce pdf outputs of your documents. You should download ProTeXt, which includes the TeXstudio editor, from the following link and install it on your own machine (very easy to do).

There is a bit more guidance on installing ProTeXt in the course notes below.

These are complete notes for the module. There are 5 chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the basic concepts and explains how to install LaTeX on your computer. Chapter 2 covers more on producing text like tables, lists and so on. Chapter 3 is devoted to producing mathematics. Chapter 4 covers presentations and Chapter 5 deals with producing longer documents such as dissertations, including how to produce a bibliography.

In Exercise 30 of Chapter 3 you are asked to include a picture in a document. This (TrigGraph.pdf) is the suggested picture, though you could use more or less anything you like.

This is the official user guide for the Beamer package, which is a presentation package discussed in Chapter 4 of the notes. The user guide is long but comprehensive and a very useful reference for those wishing to delve deeper into technicalities.

You will need this file, and the next one, for some exercises in Chapter 4, and for Worksheet 3. It is the style file for the Birkbeck presentation theme. (You will understand what that sentence means when you have read Chapter 4!)

This is the Birkbeck logo, which you might wish to display on the title page of your presentation. You should save it as bbklogo.jpg.

The .tex file of a talk prepared by Maura Paterson using her Birkbeck presentation theme, as an example of how it can be used.

The pdf file of khoptalk.tex.

You will need this file to complete the exercises in Chapter 5, and for Worksheet 4. It is the style file for the bbkproject package. You need to save it in the same folder as your document.
The course materials aim to guide you through the process of learning LaTeX. For further resources, there is a wealth of information and support at ctan.org. Apart from the module notes, here are three other books you may consider getting.
 A Not So Short Introduction To LaTeX, by Tobias Oetiker Hubert Partl, Irene Hyna and Elisabeth Schlegl. The authors have kindly made this available (free) online. The instructions about setting things up in the first chapter are not particularly relevant to us because they are under the impression that most people use (and like) UNIX, which is not necessarily the case! But after that it's pretty good, with lots of examples. More detail than you need in places (though it's great that there is a way to produce documents in Mongolian, you may not feel you need to know that at this stage).
 Learning LaTeX, by David F. Griffiths and Desmond J. Higham. SIAM, 1997. ISBN10:0898713838, ISBN13: 9780898713831. This is an excellent beginners guide, covering most of what you need to know without any extraneous (and possibly confusing) information. It does have some omissions, for example it doesn't cover the Beamer package for producing presentations, and its treatment of how to turn a .tex file into something readable is a little dated. But as a concise and readable guide this does the job.
 The LaTeX Companion, by Michel Goossens and Frank Mittelbach. AddisonWesley 2004. ISBN10: 0201362996 ISBN13: 9780201362992. This book is over 1000 pages long! It is a comprehensive guide, going far further into the gory details than is necessary for this course. However some of you may like going into gory details, in which case this book is for you.