What is the point in a "list of figures" in the following cases?
- Masters thesis
- Ph.D. thesis
- Academic (text)books
A list of figures allows one to find the figures contained in a book. This could be useful, for example, when you want to quickly find one of the figures you recall seeing in the book, but you can't remember which page it is on. You could also use the list of figures when buying the book to see whether it has lots of figures or only a few.