FOM: information about the FOM list

Stephen G Simpson simpson at
Fri Mar 6 08:11:15 EST 1998

Vaughan Pratt writes:
 > you've overestimated their number (fom-request's "who" command
 > reports 191 readers.)

This reports only the regular fom subscribers, not fom-digest.  The
total right now is 311 subscribers.  To get both subscriber lists in
one e-mail, send

   who fom
   who fom-digest

to majordomo at  Tips of this kind are in the current FOM
information file, which is available on-line and is automatically sent
to new subscribers.  I'll append that file to the end of this message.

I've reorganized the FOM web page at

to make individual postings and monthly archives more accessible.  I
haven't received much feedback about the experimental search engines,
so please let me know what you think.

-- Steve Simpson
FOM moderator


  [Last updated on: Tue Jan  6 13:35:15 1998]
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  Position: Professor of Mathematics
  Institution: Penn State University
  Research interest: foundations of mathematics
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