04 January 2011

Mathematica 8

There are a lot of reasons to enthuse about the new release of Wolfram Mathematica; across the board and not least (from my point of view) the statistics and probability coverage. The headline, however, has to be extended integration with Wolfram Alpha, particularly the use of the linguistic interface to provide natural language lookup.

Most computer algebra packages are working towards increased intuitive access to their power, bringing their methods into the hands of more potential problem solvers, using better entry methods. What is different here is that the user can bring experience or understanding from many other environments and have it interpreted into annotated Mathematica syntax, both enabling and educating in one go.

As a simple example... [more...]

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