I am using the book document class and what I would like to do is to have a abstract like text at the start of every chapter (in smaller font outlining what will happen in the chapter, etc.). I don't have a problem changing to amsbook if that helps in anyway.

Example: http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Introduction-Modern-Graduate-Mathematics/dp/038797329X

You can define a similar abstract environment to your example using

```
\newenvironment{abstract}{\rightskip1in\itshape}{}
```

Just use `\begin{abstract}...\end{abstract}`

after your `\chapter`

and then start a `\section`

after that.

September 25, 2010 10:34 AM

Here is an example that uses one of the KOMA-Script classes to achieve a similar effect:

```
\documentclass[pagesize=auto, version=last, chapterprefix=true]{scrbook}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\renewcommand*{\thesection}{\S\enspace\arabic{section}}
\renewcommand*{\dictumwidth}{0.7\textwidth}
\renewcommand*{\raggeddictum}{\raggedright}
\renewcommand*{\raggeddictumtext}{}
\addtokomafont{disposition}{\rmfamily\mdseries}
\addtokomafont{chapterprefix}{\large}
\setkomafont{dictumtext}{\normalfont\normalcolor\itshape\setlength{\parindent}{1em}\noindent}
\begin{document}
\setchapterpreamble{%
\dictum{%
The notion of prime number is fundamental in number theory.
The first part of this chapter is devoted to proving that every integer can be written as a product of primes in an essentially unique way.
After that, we shall prove an analogous theorem in the ring of polynomials over a field.%
}%
\vspace{24pt}%
}
\chapter{Unique Factorization}
\section{Unique Factorization in $\mathbb Z$}
\end{document}
```

September 25, 2010 11:21 AM

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