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Re: For old timers, was there math mailing lists newsletter discussion groups in the late 70's?
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Nov 3, 2013 8:18 AM


In article <c1d9ab650614499fb363814452c8e13f@googlegroups.com>, <jonas.thornvall@gmail.com> wrote:
> I have some memory of that our library had either a terminal or > microcomputer, this must been pre BBS era, it came with the automated loaning > and return scanning of boooks? > > And there was discussion and communication around various subjects run in > threads, but was it newgroups, mailing lists or discussion groups? > > So was there people administrating those lists, and could anyone post to them? > I am thinking now sitting sometimes being battered in programming newsgroups > because i do not follow the nettiquete, i just realised that in these times > things really did need to be tidy, because little or no automation were > possible at least not at individual level for most. > > But how did you find the discussion group you wanted to participate in, was > there an overhead letter sent out with a list of discussion/newsgroups to > follow? > So could anyone refresh me of how thing worked during these times. > > I have a couple of names here, could any of them been maintainers of such > lists? > Phil Katz, Ward Christensen, Abraham Lempel, Jacob Ziv and Terry Welch? > > I also have some memories about that one could read about NASA project, and > quite possible something a mailing list about Voyager and solar studies. It > may have been Richard C Hoagland handling it. > > It is very vague, so was there math discussion lists one could sign upto?
Here is an example: http://www.maa.org/descriptionofthehistoryofmathematicsemaillist this one was housed by the MAA; it says there are archives available.
See an old listing here http://archives.math.utk.edu/news.html ... or here http://www.mathontheweb.org/mathweb/milistserv.html As you can see, some of the lists were housed by the AMS.
I belonged to the Real Analysis listserve, run by Lee Larson. Maybe it still exists, but I have not received anything from it for years.
I guess an email discussion lists that is still active is FOM http://www.cs.nyu.edu/mailman/listinfo/fom/
 G. A. Edgar http://www.math.ohiostate.edu/~edgar/



