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Re: Hardcopy or electronic books?

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  • Subject: [mg62657] Re: Hardcopy or electronic books?
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 00:08:00 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: The University of Western Australia
  • References: <> <dlp2i9$r0$> <dlph6b$4ff$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

In article <dlph6b$4ff$1 at>,
 "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at> wrote:

> The Mathematica Book /is/ available in the HelpBrowser, and Mathematica
> certainly comes with a lot of pedagogical material.  I will observe that
> one mistake I made early on when learning Mathematica was to read too much
> into the "thou shall not reverse engineer" part of the license agreement. 
> I took that to mean 'don't read the code in the packages'.  

This comment suprised me. I always assumed that reverse engineering 
would (and could) only apply to kernel functionality. I wonder if others 
felt the same way ...

> That was certainly a mistake.  There is a wealth of material in the files 
> composing the packages, and I have neglected that as a resource.

Indeed. The copyright of each package is WRI's but I've always advised 
people learning Mathematica to read the code in the packages.
> I very much like having both the electronic form of a book, and hardcopy.  I
> spend a lot of time flipping through pages taking mental "snapshots" of
> parts I have not yet read.  For some reason, I have a better sense of where
> I am in a book when I hold it in my hand.



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