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Plato's Academy of Mathematica: Soapbox warning!

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  • Subject: [mg23121] Plato's Academy of Mathematica: Soapbox warning!
  • From: Wagner Truppel <wtruppel at>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 02:30:51 -0400 (EDT)
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Dear Steve,

rather than present my views on why Mathematica is or is not 
intuitive, or powerful, or frustrating, or (choose your favorite 
Mathematica quality here), let me take the pragmatic approach to 
point you to one book which has been extremely useful to me in my 
path to learning Mathematica: David Wagner's "Power Programming with 
Mathematica: The Kernel". Once I landed my eyes on that book my 
understanding of things such as manipulating lists grew considerably.

(no, not David)

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