Could any one recommend some comprehensive guide (online version preferred) for writing a Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics?

I did some google search but there are too many results and it is difficult to decide which one to read. Here I am not asking anyone to write such a guide for me (otherwise this question will be too broad and thus not suitable here); instead, I would appreciate if anyone could make some recommendations of those existing references.

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    Nicholas Higham's "Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences" has a chapter specifically on theses. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 8:58
  • Thanks @DavidKetcheson! By the way, my question was down-voted. Is it not suitable here?
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    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 8:59
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    Some users might consider an open-ended request for resources as unsuitable, since there are many possible answers and none are objectively more correct than others (see the help center). But it's just one down vote and there are currently no votes to close, so it's a little premature to conclude that the community considers the question unsuitable - we just know that one person does.
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    SIAM's style manual is a very useful source on writing mathematics in general and using LaTeX in particular. siam.org/journals/pdf/stylemanual.pdf Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 14:47

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It could also be helpful to check this and this short guides and the books by Steven G. Krantz, in particular

The first one contains subsection 4.6 which deals specifically with writing a thesis, the second one is on mathematical writing in general but it does not really deal with the theses per se.


This is the best guide I have ever encountered.

It is neither too broad nor too narrow as a guide. Moreover, it does not contain the policies of a specific university (you should number the figures that way and write equations this way etc.)

The persentation explains how should the overall feeling of a thesis be, and nothing more.

I also find this manuscript very useful. However, some subsections are incomplete and marked as [todo].

  • Both of your links point to the same file. Is it the way you intended it to be? Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 13:31
  • @just-learning It is my mistake. Corrected it now. Thanks for your notice.
    – padawan
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 13:54

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