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.