Xref: info.physics.utoronto.ca news.answers:30626 sci.answers:1676 sci.math:74152 Newsgroups: sci.math,sci.answers,news.answers Path: neumann.uwaterloo.ca!alopez-o From: alopez-o@maytag.uwaterloo.ca (Alex Lopez-Ortiz) Subject: sci.math: Introduction to Frequently Asked Questions Message-ID:

Followup-To: sci.math Summary: Weekly introductory posting to sci.math Originator: alopez-o@neumann.uwaterloo.ca Sender: alopez-o@maytag.uwaterloo.ca Supersedes: Nntp-Posting-Host: neumann.uwaterloo.ca Reply-To: alopez-o@maytag.uwaterloo.ca Organization: University of Waterloo Date: Mon, 10 Oct 1994 14:32:34 GMT Approved: news-answers-request@MIT.Edu Expires: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 14:32:32 GMT Lines: 170 Archive-name: sci-math-faq/intro Last-modified: June 1, 1994 Version: 5.0 This is an introductory posting to the list of Frequently Asked Questions for sci.math. A new version of the FAQ will be ready for the fall. Please be patient. (A _beta-version_ of the new FAQ list can be browsed at http://daisy.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/math-faq/math-faq.html Comments and suggestions are most welcome. I N T R O D U C T I O N This introduction is posted weekly. Every 12th of the month the full version is published. At any time you can access the full faq list by anonymous ftp (userid: anonymous) at rtfm.mit.edu /pub/usenet-by-group/sci.math. The FAQ list contains the following topics: Table of Contents ----------------- 1Q.- Fermat's Last Theorem, status of .. 2Q.- Values of Record Numbers 3Q.- Formula for prime numbers... 4Q.- Digits of Pi, computation and references 5Q.- Odd Perfect Number 6Q.- Computer Algebra Systems, application of .. 7Q.- Computer Algebra Systems, references to .. 8Q.- Fields Medal, general info .. 9Q.- Four Colour Theorem, proof of .. 10Q.- 0^0=1. A comprehensive approach 11Q.- 0.999... = 1. Properties of the real numbers .. 12Q.- There are three doors, The Monty Hall problem, Master Mind and other games .. 13Q.- Surface and Volume of the n-ball 14Q.- f(x)^f(x)=x, name of the function .. 15Q.- Projective plane of order 10 .. 16Q.- How to compute day of week of a given date 17Q.- Axiom of Choice and/or Continuum Hypothesis? 18Q.- Cutting a sphere into pieces of larger volume 19Q.- Pointers to Quaternions 20Q.- Erdos Number 21Q.- Why is there no Nobel in mathematics? 22Q.- General References and textbooks... 23Q.- Interest Rate... 24Q.- Euler's formula e^(i Pi) = - 1 ... Before posting to sci.math, keep in mind that mathematical topics are covered in a plethora of newsgroups. Your posting may be better suited for one of them. Related newsgroups : sci.math.num-analysis sci.math.research sci.math.symbolic k12.ed.math sci.stat.* sci.physics.* comp.theory.* comp.compression.* comp.arch.arithmetic sci.engr.* sci.econ.* sci.crypt sci.chaos sci.fractals sci.logic sci.nonlinear sci.op-research rec.puzzles rec.games.chess alt.math.iams Mailing lists: l-math : History and philosophy of mathematics and probability. Subscriptions: You can obtain the full version of the FAQ list by anonymous ftp (userid: anonymous) at rtfm.mit.edu. Directory: /pub/usenet-by-group/sci.math/ Archive names are: sci.math:_Frequently_Asked_Questions_[1_3] sci.math:_Frequently_Asked_Questions_[2_3] sci.math:_Frequently_Asked_Questions_[3_3] sci.math:_Introduction_to_Frequently_Asked_Questions "anonymous FTP" is just a way for files to be stored where anyone can retrieve them over the Net. For example, to retrieve the latest version of the sci.math FAQ, do the following: > ftp rtfm.mit.edu /* connect to the site; a message follows */ > anonymous /* type this when it asks for your name */ > /* type your address as the password */ > cd /pub/usenet /* go to the directory you want to be */ > cd sci.math /* one level down (no slash). */ > dir /* look at what's there */ > mget * /* get the file; case-sensitive */ > y /* say yes if you want to get the file */ > quit /* stop this mysterious thing */ If your FTP program complains that it doesn't know where the site you want to use is, type the numerical address instead of the sitename (numerical addresses may change from time to time thus their use is discouraged): > ftp 18.181.0.24 /* connect with numerical address */ If you don't have ftp access, send e-mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the single word "help" in the body of the message. -------------- A bit of historical background on the sci.math FAQ: The sci.math faq list was started during Christmas 1989. At that time I wrote the answer to all 9 questions except 1Q (Fermat). Thus, I didn't compile a list of contributors. With time, people have made innumerable suggestions and contributions. I estimate that I have received over 2000 mailings from over 500 persons commenting on the FAQ list. As such it is not possible to explicitly thank them all. But I would like to take a minute to commend all those who have contributed to this list in one way or another. This FAQ is Copyright (C) 1994 by Alex Lopez-Ortiz. This text, in whole or in part, may not be sold in any medium, including, but not limited to electronic, CD-ROM, or published in print, without the explicit, written permission of Alex Lopez-Ortiz. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Questions and Answers Edited and Compiled by: Alex Lopez-Ortiz alopez-o@maytag.UWaterloo.ca Department of Computer Science University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario Canada -- Alex Lopez-Ortiz alopez-o@neumann.UWaterloo.ca Department of Computer Science University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario Canada http://daisy.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/home.html

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