Mathematica and the History of Scientific Computing

Steven M. Christensen
Steven M. Christensen and Associates and MathTensor, Inc.

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Scientific computing has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. Computations that were undreamed of or impossible in the 1960s are now so common as to be trivial. Advances in hardware and software now make the computer and software like Mathematica indispensable in everyday scientific research. In this presentation, I will discuss the history of computing developments since 1965 with a focus on how Mathematica was introduced and revolutionized many areas of research.

Steven M. Christensen is president of Steven M. Christensen and Associates, Inc. and the creator of the SunSITE and Sun Solaris Freeware Projects. Christensen is editor of Quantum Theory of Gravity and codeveloper of MathTensor, tensor analysis software. He is also the founder and moderator of the Mathematica newsgroup and mailing list.