What font is used for "Mathematica" in our logo?

Mathematica.SE logo Mathematica.SE logo cropped

I thought it might be the italic of the default Mathematica font (Utopia)—

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—and while it looks similar, the logo font has angled vertical strokes on M, a serif at the top of c, a wider hook at the bottom of t, and a thicker horizontal stroke weight.

I tried some online font identification tools but they didn't work.

What about the Wolfram Mathematica logo?

Wolfram Mathematica logo screenshot

It seems to use a third font.

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Jin mentioned in chat during the design phase that the font used in mma.se's logo is Vollkorn, with a custom kerning.

Currently, and since about Mathematica version 6/7, the main Wolfram Mathematica logo is set in Minion Pro Regular/Italic. Before then, a number of different fonts were used, including Palatino, some kind of all-capitals Garamond, Meridien, and, going back to version 1 (1989), Times Italic. To see some of the earlier versions of Mathematica's branding, visit the Wolfram Scrapbook.

In the following picture, first is the OP's original scan, followed by a redrawing showing what Palatino would look like. Then there's this site's font, Vollkorn. And finally, a redrawing using Minion Pro. The Palatino Italic is a bit more like handwriting.

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The original Wolfram logo seems to have a more condensed kerning due to the (R). –  István Zachar Nov 17 '12 at 8:54
    
Yes, I can't do kerning... :) Perhaps that's a job for a Manipulate one day! –  cormullion Nov 17 '12 at 9:46
    
I added info on our logo's font into your answer and deleted mine, since you have visual examples. –  rm -rf Nov 17 '12 at 22:56
    
@rm-rf Good idea. I owe you a point... :) –  cormullion Nov 18 '12 at 14:34

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