Re: Re: Mathematica Publication Question

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg25219] Re: [mg25069] Re: Mathematica Publication Question*From*: Stephen Speicher <sjs at compbio.caltech.edu>*Date*: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 02:21:52 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Thanks for the suggestion, Jack, but Hales' work on the Kepler conjecture hardly qualifies as a "closed-form solution" provided by Mathematica. I'm beginning to think that the claim is bogus, perhaps an exaggeration of real work. Stephen sjs at compbio.caltech.edu You can always tell a pioneer by the arrows in his back. Printed using 100% recycled electrons. -------------------------------------------------------- On Fri, 8 Sep 2000, Jack Goldberg wrote: > Could he have been refering to Hale's solution of the Kepler conjecture > involving packing spheres? He (actually his doctoral student, Ferguson) > used Mathematica as an integral part of the argument. > > Jack > > On Thu, 7 Sep 2000, Stephen Speicher wrote: > > > On 3 Sep 2000, Stephen Speicher wrote: > > > > > On a physics newsgroup, the following was written: > > > > > > "Recently a mathematician submitted a classic problem > > > to Mathematica, one thought to have no closed-form > > > solution. After churning away for eight hours, the > > > program created a publishable result. When he > > > published the result, the mathematician in question > > > courageously admitted how he acquired it." > > > > > > I personally asked the author for documentation of this, but he > > > was unable to recall the source. Does anyone have some facts > > > about this, or about a similar use of Mathematica? > > > > > > > To be clear here, I'm not asking about work such as McCune's EQP > > proof of the Robbins conjuecture, for which Mathematica was later > > used to better understand and visualize the proof. The assertion > > quoted above is for Mathematica itself to have solved a "classic > > problem" for which no closed-form solution" was known. > > > > Stephen > > sjs at compbio.caltech.edu > > > > You can always tell a pioneer by the arrows in his back. > > > > Printed using 100% recycled electrons. > > -------------------------------------------------------- > > > > > > > >