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Re: Questions ...

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  • Subject: [mg73828] [mg73828] Re: Questions ...
  • From: Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2007 06:13:35 -0500 (EST)

On 2/28/07 at 4:33 AM, M_Viola at Nesbittgraphics.com (Marlene Viola)
wrote:


>I have a question maybe you can help me with... Does one need to
>know math well to learn Mathmatica?

It is very hard for me to see how someone could be reasonably
competent with Mathematica and not have a fair amount of math knowledge.

>Here is my problem... I am looking for someone who knows mathematica
>to output art for Math text book. I can not find anyone... So I am
>guessing my choice would be to hire an artist who would be
>interested in taking a mathematica class.

Presumably, the intent of art in a mathematics text is to
illustrate some mathematical concept. That is, simply having a
graphic with a nice appearance likely isn't going to be a
satisfactory result.

Depending on the level of the text, you just might squeak by
with simple Mathematica commands to produce the graphic without
much understanding of the math. But this will only work for
fairly simple graphics. And the problem with this is if
something isn't working correctly, it likely will go unnoticed
without the understanding of the math.

I wish you success in you endeavor. But trying to produce
graphics for a math text with no significant understanding of
the math sounds very much to me like a good way to get something
quite a bit different than what be desired.
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