-- Math for the people, by the people.
From the website (hardlinks are by me):
The idea for the project was hatched by unlord, sometime around fall 2000, in response to the unfortunate removal of the
great resource, "Eric Weisstein's World of Math" (or "MathWorld") from the internet. This action created a void for a
useful, comprehensive math encyclopedia freely available online, which we wanted to fill as quickly as possible.
We also wanted to make certain that the users of PlanetMath would never have to worry about the removal of the content
they had contributed in favour of commercial sale. So it is the express goal of PlanetMath to be an internet resource,
first and foremost. We hope to achieve this with the aid of the GNU FDL, or Free Documentation License.
The structure of the site resembles Everything2
in that any user can post
an "object" into the database. It does seem to have many differences, though (corrections
and comments come to mind). One of the most important features
is that submissions are written in LaTeX
rather than HTML
can even upload diagram
s to display in your objects. The end result
is a very easy way to write up a document that uses any sort of