Writing the first LaTeX book

Walter Gander
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In 1984 I wanted to write a German textbook called Computermathematik using the typesetting system TEX developed by Don Knuth, which I had always admired and which I had been aware of since my first sabbatical year in Stanford in 1977. Mark Kent, a graduate student at Stanford in 1984, pointed out to me that Leslie Lamport had just finished a new typesetting system called LATEX which I might want to use instead. I did, and in Fall 1984 I had finished the (at least I think) first book written in LATEX. In this historical talk I will present some reminiscences how the book was produced.