Re: A New Kind of Science

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Sun Aug 26 2001 - 15:06:34 MDT

On Sun, 26 Aug 2001, Terry Egan wrote:

> I looked at Wolfram's website, and saw that the Mathematica computer
> program was used in the development of this work. Given my natural cynicism,

Yes, because he originally wrote Mathematica for his research.

> and the fact that Mathematica provides most or all of Wolfram's income, I have
> to ask: is there an open source version of Mathematica? The concept is

No, but there are other numerical algebra packages. None of them are as
advanced and rounded as Mathematica or Maple.

> intriging, I have also thought along those lines ( yeah, me too, Eric!), and
> while I am willing to pop for US$20-40 on something that interests me, I am NOT
> willing to drop what may be several hundred US$ on a whim.

If you're a professional mathematician, or a physicist, it might be worth
your money, especially if you're a student.

> (I went to Mathematica's website to discover the price of the program,
> and found that the price is unavailable without accepting cookies and providing
> personal information. Needless to say, Mathematica is not on my wish list.)

Your local .edu might be able to get it for you cheaper, if not for free,
since they have campus licenses (the first one is always for free, as they

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