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Re: Language vs. Library

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  • Subject: [mg61325] Re: Language vs. Library
  • From: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at globalsymmetry.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 22:23:46 -0400 (EDT)
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Sseziwa Mukasa wrote:

> I am not sure what is supposed to be demonstrated here.

I was trying to show that there are tricky aspects of Mathematica which can
only be understood by understanding how Mathematica works at the basic
level.  A level that really doesn't involve mathematics, per se.  The first
example is something I discovered the hard way.  The second was an example
of something I realized while I was reading chapter 2 of The Mathematica
Book.  

It's interesting that learning C++ well has greatly helped with my
understanding of Mathematica.  I tried reading the sections on pattern
matching a little over a year ago, and it didn't make a lot of sense to me. 
Now it seems easy.  That is not to say I have become an expert.
-- 
"Philosophy is written in this grand book, The Universe. ... But the book
cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language...
in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, ...;
without which wanders about in a dark labyrinth."   The Lion of Gaul


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