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From: alopezo@maytag.uwaterloo.ca (Alex LopezOrtiz)
Subject: sci.math: Introduction to Frequently Asked Questions
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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 _betaversion_ of the new FAQ list can be browsed at
http://daisy.uwaterloo.ca/~alopezo/mathfaq/mathfaq.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/usenetbygroup/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 nball
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
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for one of them.
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Mailing lists:
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Subscriptions:
You can obtain the full version of the FAQ list by anonymous ftp
(userid: anonymous) at rtfm.mit.edu.
Directory:
/pub/usenetbygroup/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; casesensitive */
> 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 email to mailserver@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 LopezOrtiz. This text,
in whole or in part, may not be sold in any medium, including,
but not limited to electronic, CDROM, or published in print,
without the explicit, written permission of Alex LopezOrtiz.

Questions and Answers Edited and Compiled by:
Alex LopezOrtiz alopezo@maytag.UWaterloo.ca
Department of Computer Science University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Alex LopezOrtiz alopezo@neumann.UWaterloo.ca
Department of Computer Science University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario Canada
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