1.0 Description of HM1.1 Purpose and standards The purpose of this list is to provide a virtual forum for *scholarly* discussion of the HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS (in a broad sense), amongst professionals and non-professionals with a *serious* interest in the field. Postings are to be highly *relevant* to the purpose of the list. All traditional and scholarly aspects of the history may be discussed, and in addition such topics as: - History of _history of mathematics_ - Current trends in the history of mathematics - History of _mathematics outside Europe_ - Ethnomathematics - Pedagogical issues - Origin of mathematical terms/symbols - Biographies and obituaries - Bibliographical references (databases) - Announcements and reviews of new books, articles, preprints, websites, ... - Advertisements of conferences, meetings, jobs, ... Contributors should strive to submit posts containing interesting, worthwhile or new information about substantive topics on the history of mathematics, in a conscious effort to keep the signal-to-noise ratio as high as possible. Pertinent comments, queries, replies... should be written with the same standards of *thoughtfulness* and care that apply to other *scholarly* activities; not necessarily at the level of writing a book or an article for a journal, but at least at the level of the informal printed material (e.g. photocopies) used in courses. 1.2 Languages ENGLISH, Portuguese and Spanish are the official languages of the list. Postings in other languages (e.g. French, German, Italian, ...) are also welcome. But, in this case, whenever a long posting is sent out, an abstract in English (say) would be highly appreciated. Although we do not think we should encourage too many lan- guages on the forum (since many listmembers might just be monoglots), the list is to be *open* to those contributors who wish to communicate in their mother tongue, and do not feel confident enough in other languages. If you are *not* familiar with the language of a post, but you suspect that the topic discussed is, for instance, relevant to your own field of study (some key-words in the email may suggest that), a solution somehow will be found -- at least, I hope so. If you are not sufficiently interested in that thread, you may simply hit the 'delete' key. This list is intended to provide a vehicle of communication for people of different nationalities, and it is not reasonable - in our opinion - to ask *everyone* to write in a specific language in order to communicate. 1.3 Configuration This is a CLOSED forum; that is to say, subscriptions must be approved by the list owner. Those who subscribe to this list are *encouraged* to identify themselves by full name, profession, institutional affiliation (eg. university, and research interest if appropriate. This information should be sent to email@example.com 1.4 Netiquette 'Ego trips' will mean trips outside the list. Whereas freedom of speech is wonderful, and discussion of controversial matters on the history of mathematics is to be expected (and welcome!), personal invective cannot take place on this forum. From the beginning, it must be said very emphatically that *abuse or misuse* of the list, in one way or another, will cause cancellation of the subscription by the list owner.
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3.0 How to post a message 3.1 Address To submit a posting to the HISTORIA MATEMATICA mailing list send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please mind that 'historia' and 'matematica' are the words in Spanish for 'history' and 'mathematics'; if you mistype the list-address your postings will never reach the forum! 3.2 Subject line The subject line should be descriptive, and short. If over the course of a discussion, the subject evolves considera- bly, please, change the subject line accordingly. 3.3 Body of message It is usually unnecessary to quote the full text of a pre- vious message. Never the less, please, quote the relevant segments alluded so that the context is established. The omission of accents is recommended. If you think that a concrete reference requires diacritical accents, a code would be advisable. For instance, place diacritical signs right after the corresponding letter: / acute accent [matema/tica = mathematics Carathe/odory] \ grave accent [alge\bre = algebra Maizie\re] , cedilla [lec,on Franc,ais] ~ tilde [an~o = year Garc,a~o Stockler] " umlaut [Ko"rper = field Plu"cker] ^ circumflex [polyno^me L'Ho^pital] PLEASE, configure your mailer so that the messages are NOT submitted in enriched text (e.g. 'html' output). Before sending email, contributors should *ask* themselves the following crucial question: "Is my posting relevant to the *purpose* of this forum?" If you are not quite sure whether your post is appropriate to this forum, please drop the list owner a private email. Julio Gonzalez Cabillon List Owner P.S.: Suggestions, comments, and feedback about this virtual forum will be most welcome. Many thanks!