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Subject: Scientific fonts
Category: Science
Asked by: harry1066-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 30 Jan 2005 19:48 PST
Expires: 01 Mar 2005 19:48 PST
Question ID: 466118
I would like to look at samples of fonts suitable for use in general
scientific equations. Examples found in books or on the internet will
be OK. The font selected will be used in an art project.

Request for Question Clarification by mathtalk-ga on 30 Jan 2005 20:32 PST
Hi, harry1066-ga:

By "scientific equations" do you mean ordinary mathematical equations,
or did you have a particular science in mind?  For example, chemical
reactions are sometimes described by formulas that might casually be
described as "equations".

regards, mathtalk-ga

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 31 Jan 2005 02:28 PST
Have a look at these links and let me know if this is the sort of thing you need:,GGLD:2003-43,GGLD:en&imgsz=


Subject: Re: Scientific fonts
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 17 Feb 2005 04:09 PST
Hello Harry,

In re-reading your question, I feel confident that the links I
provided to examples of scientific fonts:,GGLD:2003-43,GGLD:en&imgsz=

should fully meet your needs.

However, if you find that you would like additional examples -- or
need something a bit different from what I've offered -- just let me
know by posting a Request for Clarification.  I'll be glad to assist
your further until you have exactly what you need.



search strategy:  Searched Google Images for:

[ equation ]
[ chemistry formula ]
[ physics formula ]
Subject: Re: Scientific fonts
From: oregontexan-ga on 30 Jan 2005 22:20 PST
Most, if not *all* mathematical journals are typeset using LaTeX. 
Often runs on unix/linux operating systems.  It's ported to Windows,
called MikTeX.

To have some text of your selection in those exact fonts you can either:
1.  Go through some mathematical journals at the library and search
for the words you want and photocopy them
2.  Get with someone (universit math dept.) that has LaTex (aka tetex)
running and they will help you out.
3.  Install MiKTeX on your computer, learn how to run it 
(create a 'yourfilename.tex' file which correct latex code, then
compile it using the 'latex yourfilename.tex' command)
This will create a 'dvi file' which can easily be converted to pdf and
then manipulated with Adobe Acrobat.  With ghostscript software
(available on Windows, free), you can easily convert the pdf to jpeg
or any other image file format.
Subject: Re: Scientific fonts
From: rnt20-ga on 07 Feb 2005 01:16 PST
The mathematical symbols available in LaTeX can be seen here:

These are typically used along with Greek letters. Examples of
use can be found in the the PDF documents at
or in the subsections of

As has been mentioned earlier, LaTeX is the wordprocessor used by
almost all mathematicians and physical scientists (it is much better
at displaying equations than commercial products, and allows easier
Subject: Re: Scientific fonts
From: byuengineer-ga on 16 Feb 2005 22:11 PST
This might be more what you're looking for.  

I know an artist who has used Thermodynamics equations in some of her
artwork.  If you like her aesthetic, I could get a picture of her
equations and find out what font she used.

She doesn't have any pictures of that specific piece, but here is a
website so you can see if it's along the right lines.

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