A picture is worth a thousand words:

To be precise: 22897 bytes or 407048 pixels.

It works fine without the $$s.

Additional details: I'm using Google Chrome 10.0.648.204 (not Chromium, so shut it :) ). The newest version is being installed as I write...

  • $\begingroup$ Alternatively to Moron's suggestions and more generally, put the latex in backticks (i.e. "`" without the quotes), to tell the engine not to interpret what follows as markup. $\endgroup$
    – Alex B.
    Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 4:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Alex: This trick from math.MO doesn't work here. The backticks are reserved as code tags here, for instance $\mathbb{R}$ was obtained by enclosing the LaTeX into backticks. $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 8:23
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    $\begingroup$ thanks for asking about this question. i've all but forgotten the spoiler feature! $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 10:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Theo Oh! Thanks for letting me know! $\endgroup$
    – Alex B.
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 0:37

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Use \lt and \gt instead of < and >. The parsing code might confuse them for html tags.

The $\lt$ stands for $8$


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