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**To**:*math-font-discuss@cogs.susx.ac.uk***Subject**:**Re: Miscellany****From**:*jeremy@cs.aukuni.ac.nz (Jeremy Gibbons)***Date**: 07 Aug 1993 17:12:58 +1200

> >Dispensible historical reasons, or still-relevant technical ones? > > The latter. Try > \begin{theorem} > For infinitely many values of $a$ a pile of spaghetti can be > $a$-automatically generated. > \end{theorem} Interesting. It looks like all the lowercase bowls (a, c, d, g, o, p, q) and some other counters (m, n, u, v, w) are larger and rounder in math italic. Why's that? There's no obvious source of confusion, is there? And why is uppercase "I" the same shape as in text italic---because the first person singular pronoun is not expected to appear in close proximity to maths? Jeremy

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