1972 - 1997
The first issue of the Recursive Function Theory Newsletter
was mailed from Berkeley in April of 1972. Letters of support
(there was no e-mail
of course) were received from around the world, including one, enclosing a
himself (who explained that his current
position of Dean at Wisconsin 'has left me with
no time for current research, hence I have nothing to contribute
for the time being').|
The original aim, which was maintained for over twenty years, was to provide, for the increasingly far-flung recursion theoretic community, access to the latest developments in the subject. The ideals and enthusiasm behind the Newsletter were characteristic of that period. It was to be free, both to receive and to contribute to, essential for those from the then Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, P. R. of China, etc. It was to be informal, and denied to libraries (there were a number of requests), to encourage researchers to share information while fresh and in provisional form. It was to be open to contributors from all strands of the subject. It is due largely to the energy and perseverence of the various editors that by the time the functions of the Newsletter had been taken over electronically by Logic Eprints (now also gone) and the Computability Theory E-mailing List, no less than forty issues had been mailed (each, at least since the very earliest days, to over 200 'subscribers'), containing a total of nearly 400 research announcements and other items of news.
The Recursion Theoretic era, during which much of the technical and conceptual basis for 21st century Computability Theory was established, can be found reflected in the pages of the Newsletter.
Editors and Issues:
Barry Cooper and Dick Epstein, U.C. Berkeley
Len Sasso and Mark Finkelstein, U.C. Irvine
Barry Cooper, Len Smith and Stan Wainer, University of Leeds
Barry Cooper, Len Smith, Stan Wainer (plus Carl H. Smith, N. American distribution)
Iraj Kalantari, Western Illinois University, Macomb (co-editors Carl Smith and Barry Cooper)
Iraj Kalantari (co-editors Steffen Lempp and Barry Cooper)
The past editors would like to acknowledge, with thanks, the
financial contribution of readers to the Newsletter over the years.
Particularly as a result of contributions during the
mid-1980s, Iraj Kalantari has been able to pass on
some remaining funds, which are being used
to make the contents of past issues of the Newsletter
available from this home page.
The past editors would like to acknowledge, with thanks, the financial contribution of readers to the Newsletter over the years. Particularly as a result of contributions during the mid-1980s, Iraj Kalantari has been able to pass on some remaining funds, which are being used to make the contents of past issues of the Newsletter available from this home page.