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Exploring Mathematics and Science with Mathematica

Rob Knapp
Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
Department: Kernel Technology

Exploration of some sort has always been an important part of the scientific method. In the last few decades, with the advent of exponentially increasing available computing power, scientific exploration has tended to become more quantitative.

Increasing numbers fields are using mathematics and statistics.

Emphasis is on usable mathematics, not proof.

When Einstein published his theory of relativity 100 years ago the level of computing available was primitive by today's standards. He worked out the bulk of the theory through complex symbolic computations done by hand. A remarkable achievement looking back from today's perspective. Symbolic computations still have an important place in setting up models, but nowadays, there is very often a transition point to do more numerical quantitative calculations that can be used to explore models and ideas that become unwieldy as formulas.

This notebook contains an overview of the structure of Mathematica.

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Explore.zip (6.4 MB) - ZIP archive [for Mathematica 5.1]