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Calculus Live news release



The following is the text of a Wolfram Research media release being
distributed on 09/02/98 as part of our ongoing media relations program.


NEWS RELEASE

Wiley's Reform Calculus Texts Go Electronic with Mathematica


Champaign, Illinois-February 9, 1998-Software developer Wolfram
Research, Inc. and publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced an
agreement to develop an interactive electronic version of Wiley's
best-selling reform calculus textbooks-Calculus: Single-Variable,
Second Edition, by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, and others and Calculus:
Single and Multivariable, by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, MacCallum, and
others. Wolfram Research is the creator and developer of Mathematica,
the leading technical computing system, which will be the presentation
medium and engine for the electronic texts. Calculus Live, as the
electronic version of these textbooks will be titled, will be available
for the 1998 Fall semester.


Under the agreement, Wolfram Research will use proprietary technology to
convert Wiley's existing typsetting files into Mathematica notebook
format and will create an interactive interface for navigation and
problem solving. These notebooks will be distributed on CD-ROM along
with a "custom kernel" edition of Mathematica.


"Mathematica Version 3 is particularly well suited for the presentation
of interactive electronic texts like these, and we already have many
similar projects under way, " said Paul Wellin, Director of Corporate
and Academic Affairs at Wolfram Research. "The user interface is
completely customizable, making it easy to create interface elements
such as palettes and hyperlinks. Our mathematical typesetting, both on
screen and on the printer, is the most sophisticated available. Our
document conversion process, supervised by professional designers,
ensures both the accuracy of print material and the visual appeal of
the resulting electronic version. Combine these three elements and you
have a wonderful environment for interactive texts like this. And the
new custom kernel technology means that we provide only the parts of
the complete Mathematica system that are most appropriate for any
individual product."


The use of Mathematica as a presentation platform brings a new level of
"intelligence" to the 

 electronic text, allowing the students to better focus on the subject
matter by letting the computer handle much of the mechanics. Students
using the electronic textbook will be able to see the text, solve
problems interactively, and perform their own explorations of the
principles of calculus. Students can use the included special copy of
Mathematica and will not have to learn Mathematica syntax to use the
product.


"We are pleased to join with Wolfram Research to bring the electronic
version of the leading reform calculus textbooks on the market to
college students worldwide, " said Bonnie Lieberman, Wiley's Senior
Vice President and General Manager-College.


Wolfram Research is the world's leading developer of technical computing
software. The company was founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987 and
released the first version of its flagship product, Mathematica, on
June 23, 1988. Mathematica, the world's only fully integrated technical
computing system, is relied on today by more than a million users
worldwide in industry, government, and education. Mathematica 3.0.1 was
released in the spring of 1997. Wolfram Research, Inc. is headquartered
in Champaign, Illinois. More information about Mathematica and Wolfram
Research is available at http://www.wolfram.com.


The Worldwide Mathematica Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois,
on June 18-21, 1998, hosted by Wolfram Research, Inc. Mathematica users
from all over the world will convene to discover and explore the latest
in Mathematica technology and to celebrate Mathematica's 10th
anniversary.  For more information, visit
http://www.wolfram.com/conference98.




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