Script use by Mathematicians (Was Re: Single Unicode Font)

From: David Starner (
Date: Tue May 22 2001 - 16:45:08 EDT

At 12:52 PM 05/22/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>On Tue, 22 May 2001, David Starner wrote:
> > In any case, some scripts just go together. Mathematicians and
> > linguists frequently use Latin and Greek together (cf. IPA) in ways
> > that require consistent font looks.
>Do these need to go together? IPA is Latin, except for a few unfortunate
>unifications with Greek.

Well, IPA needs to go together as long as those "unfortunate unifications"
still exist. (-;

But for mathematics, mathematicians will haphazardly mix Latin variables
and Greek ones. In my groups class this last semester, rho, theta, chi,
m, r and d were the common variable names. (I used thorn once, but that's
not a common practice among mathematicians.) Note that TeX has included
Greek from the start in Computer Modern.

Has anyone ever made a character collection for mathematics?

David Starner -

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