Re: Hardcopy or electronic books?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg62658] Re: Hardcopy or electronic books?*From*: Paul Abbott <paul at physics.uwa.edu.au>*Date*: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 00:08:08 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: The University of Western Australia*References*: <dln1n3$glk$1@smc.vnet.net> <dlp2e0$mt$1@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

In article <dlp2e0$mt$1 at smc.vnet.net>, AES <siegman at stanford.edu> wrote: > On the other hand, nothing replaces doing a full-text electronic search > through a long electronic document or manual looking for some term; Actually, there is another "type" of searching: The Wolfram Functions site http://functions.wolfram.com permits searching via Mathematica patterns -- which is clearly an extension of text searching (see The Mathematica Journal 9(4), 2005: 713-726 for Michael Trott's article). To me, this is the most valuable type of search. Indeed, handbooks and tables in electronic form are, in principle, much more valuable than hardcopy. For example, suppose you want to find all formulas involving doubly infinite sums at http://functions.wolfram.com. Just click on the "Formula Search" tab and enter Sum[_,{_,-Infinity,Infinity}] into the Mathematica patterns field. Cheers, Paul _______________________________________________________________________ Paul Abbott Phone: 61 8 6488 2734 School of Physics, M013 Fax: +61 8 6488 1014 The University of Western Australia (CRICOS Provider No 00126G) AUSTRALIA http://physics.uwa.edu.au/~paul