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Re: Hardcopy or electronic books?
In article <dlph6b$4ff$1 at smc.vnet.net>, "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at globalsymmetry.com> 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. Agreed. 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