**BEBO@SLACVM.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU (Bebo White)** (03/30/91)

This is a CALL FOR DISCUSSION regarding the creation of a new group to discuss symbolic manipulation programs. A working name for this group is comp.lang.math.symbolic. This group could include general discussion of the use of such programs as REDUCE, MACSYMA, MAPLE, SCHOONSCHIP and, of course, MATHEMATICA. There does not appear to be an existing forum directly covering this area. One reason for the suggestion of this group is to provide a gateway feed with the Listserv list REDUCE-L. The owners of that list would rather see a wider audience for that list rather than gatewaying it to a group such as bit.listserv.reduce-l (which does not exist). This is the first time that I have called for a CALL FOR DISCUSSION and hope that this procedure is satisfactory. If I receive sufficient response, I will post a CALL FOR VOTES. Bebo White ---> the opinions expressed are mine alone and not necessarily those of SLAC, Stanford University or the DOE

**rickert@mp.cs.niu.edu (Neil Rickert)** (03/30/91)

In article <91088.123536BEBO@SLACVM.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU> BEBO@SLACVM.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU (Bebo White) writes: >This is a CALL FOR DISCUSSION regarding the creation of a new group >to discuss symbolic manipulation programs. A working name for this group >is comp.lang.math.symbolic. > >This group could include general discussion of the use of such programs >as REDUCE, MACSYMA, MAPLE, SCHOONSCHIP and, of course, MATHEMATICA. There >does not appear to be an existing forum directly covering this area. Have you tried sci.math.symbolic ? (I unsubscribed to that a long time ago, because it has very little else other than MAPLE, MACSYMA etc.) -- =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*= Neil W. Rickert, Computer Science <rickert@cs.niu.edu> Northern Illinois Univ. DeKalb, IL 60115 +1-815-753-6940

**ghot@ms.uky.edu (Allan Adler)** (03/30/91)

I am puzzled. What does the proposed newsgroup do that sci.math.symbolic does not already do ? Allan Adler ghot@ms.uky.edu

**booth@yukawa.yukawa.uchicago.edu (Michael J. &)** (03/30/91)

In article <1991Mar29.225030.8576@ms.uky.edu> ghot@ms.uky.edu (Allan Adler) writes: > I am puzzled. What does the proposed newsgroup do that sci.math.symbolic > does not already do ? > > Allan Adler > ghot@ms.uky.edu I agree. It's not clear to me what the difference would be. Mike Booth -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Michael J. Booth Internet: booth@yukawa.uchicago.edu Enrico Fermi Institute Bitnet: booth%yukawa.uchicago.edu@UCHIMVS1 University of Chicago Decnet,Hepnet: uchep:booth 5640 S. Ellis Phone: (312) 702-7696 Chicago, IL 60637 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

**ljdickey@watmath.waterloo.edu (L.J.Dickey)** (03/30/91)

>In article <91088.123536BEBO@SLACVM.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU> BEBO@SLACVM.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU (Bebo White) writes: >This is a CALL FOR DISCUSSION regarding the creation of a new group >to discuss symbolic manipulation programs. A working name for this group >is comp.lang.math.symbolic. I think that the group "sci.math.symbolic" already comes quite close to what you want. I would recommend not fragmenting that group. -- Prof L.J. Dickey, Faculty of Mathematics, U of Waterloo, Canada N2L 3G1 Internet: ljdickey@watmath.waterloo.edu UUCP: ljdickey@watmath.UUCP ..!uunet!watmath!ljdickey X.400: ljdickey@watmath.UWaterloo.ca

**mcguire@cs.tamu.edu (Tim McGuire)** (03/31/91)

rickert@mp.cs.niu.edu (Neil Rickert) writes: > BEBO@SLACVM.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU (Bebo White) writes: >>This is a CALL FOR DISCUSSION regarding the creation of a new group >>to discuss symbolic manipulation programs. A working name for this group >>is comp.lang.math.symbolic. >>This group could include general discussion of the use of such programs >>as REDUCE, MACSYMA, MAPLE, SCHOONSCHIP and, of course, MATHEMATICA. There >>does not appear to be an existing forum directly covering this area. > Have you tried sci.math.symbolic ? (I unsubscribed to that a long time >ago, because it has very little else other than MAPLE, MACSYMA etc.) I agree that sci.math.symbolic is the place for general discussion of symbolic manipulation programs. Of the individual languages mentioned, there might be enough Mathematica traffic to warrent a Mathematica group. Whether the proper name would be sci.math.symbolic.mathematica or comp.lang.mathematica I will leave to others who understand the hierarchy (or anarchy) of USENET better than I do. Tim McGuire mcguire@cs.tamu.edu (Follow-ups directed to news.groups -- do we wish to slug this out in sci.math.symbolic, too?)