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Welcome to sci.math.research
Posted:
Jul 2, 2013 11:58 AM


Welcome to sci.math.research, a moderated newsgroup.
The charter 
CHARTER: This newsgroup is a forum for the discussion of current mathematical research.
Additional hints about suitability of materials 
We understand "mathematical research" to be an exploration of mathematics whose goal is the establishment of new mathematical facts, previously unknown to the mathematical community.
In addition to discussing current mathematical research, you are encouraged to post announcements of:  mathematics conferences  preprints available, electronically or physically  new mathematics journals  online resources of interest to research mathematicians  availability of new mathematical software  job openings for mathematicians  professional obituaries of mathematicians
We discourage requests for:  solutions to homework problems  a particular complicated equation to be solved symbolically  a particular function to be integrated symbolically  solutions of problems at an undergraduate level  elementary combinatorial algorithms  information about computer software  information pertaining to mathematics education  email addresses of mathematicians  jobs  responses to be sent by email directly to you
We discourage the use of:  fighting words
The moderators 
The moderators of this group are
Maarten Bergvelt <bergv@math.uiuc.edu> Kevin Buzzard <k.buzzard@imperial.ac.uk> G. A. Edgar <edgar@math.ohiostate.edu> Robert Israel <israel@math.ubc.ca>
Moderators Emeriti:
Dan Grayson <dan@math.uiuc.edu> David Rusin <rusin@math.niu.edu>
The moderators appreciate receiving feedback about their moderation decisions, so if you see a post that should, in your opinion, not have appeared, please drop the acceptor of it a note. You can see who accepted it by glancing at the "Approved" line in the header of the article.
Where to find this and other information 
This document is available at http://www.math.uiuc.edu/sci.math.research/ You can also find pointers there to other useful sources of information on the Internet for mathematicians.
The readers of sci.math.research 
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Related newsgroups 
If you are considering posting to sci.math.research, it's possible that the article is better suited to another research newsgroup such as:
comp.graphics.research Highly technical computer graphics discussion. sci.crypt.research Cryptography, cryptanalysis, and related issues. sci.econ.research Research in all fields of economics. sci.physics.research Current physics research.
or to another sci.math.* news group:
sci.math Mathematical discussions and pursuits. sci.math.numanalysis Numerical analysis. sci.math.symbolic Symbolic algebra.
or to a mathematically oriented mailing list such as:
GRAPHNET at http://listserv.nodak.edu Graph theory
or to one of the following groups:
bionet.biology.computational comp.compression comp.compression.research comp.graphics.algorithms Algorithms used in producing computer graphics. comp.infosystems.gis comp.softsys.math.mathematica Mathematica (moderated). comp.softsys.math.maple Maple. comp.text.tex Discussions about mathematical typesetting using TeX. comp.theory Theoretical computer science. comp.theory.cellautomata Discussion of all aspects of cellular automata. comp.theory.dynamicsys Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems. sci.crypt Different methods of data en/decryption. sci.econ Economics. sci.engr.control sci.fractals Objects of nonintegral dimension and other chaos. sci.geo.satellitenav sci.logic Logic  math, philosophy & computational aspects. sci.mech.fluids sci.nonlinear Chaotic systems and other nonlinear scientific study. sci.opresearch Operations research. sci.physics Physical laws, properties, etc. sci.physics.computational.fluiddynamics sci.physics.particle Particle physics. sci.stat.math Statistics from a strictly mathematical viewpoint. sci.systems
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 Maarten Bergvelt



