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Mathematical Writing (Mathematical Association of America Notes)
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Guest lecturers include outstanding people like Leslie Lamport and Paul Halmos. The content is excellent, especially the parts about writing proofs. Some parts are of more interest to computer scientists, but most of it is valuable to anyone engaged in mathematical writing.
Despite all the good things, this book doesn't really stand alone and should be complemented with other books, like the one by Krantz.
P.S.: A almost complete TEX version of the book can be found on the web.
All in all, a useful resource. It is never boring, and as a bonus provides a good idea of Knuth's teaching---which I have never witnessed first hand.
This manuscript is a series of Knuth's notes that comment on a variety of topics related to making technical writing both precise and readable. Admittedly, some are more useful than others, but everything considered the useful material is definitely worth the cost.
Knuth provides a lot of do's and don'ts for people who do math-heavy writing, many of which stick with you after one read. I could see how this book could be a useful resource for grad students, post-docs, or researchers/teachers in a number of fields. If more effort was put into refining the material I think that it could have been a much more valuable and definitive book on the subject (I'm not aware of any others, but more texts like this are needed). Still, it is well worth the money.