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Re: Mathematica 4.0

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  • Subject: [mg74327] Re: Mathematica 4.0
  • From: "Drago Ganic" <dganic at>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 01:55:40 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <etdjv2$oas$> <etikqh$j8m$>

Version 4 was much faster than 3.0 and was also the first major version 
where assumption technology was introduced. But, for example the Mathematica
Book wasn't changed so much. I think it was the minor of all major versions in 
terms of changes to the end user.

To me, the biggest changes where 3.0 and 5.1.

If you have 3.0 I suggest to stick to it and change to 6.0 which should be a 
huge improvement (something like 3.0 or even bigger).


"dimitris" <dimmechan at> wrote in message 
news:etikqh$j8m$1 at
>I will add to Chris's reply that version 3 was like a revolution
> compare to 2.2 for example.
> This evolution was not so advanced (in my point of view!) from version
> 3 to version 4.
> A good book mentioning the changes taken place in versions 3 and 4 is
> the
> Beginer's Guide to Mathematica version 4 by Glynn and Gray.
> Also you can take a look in the following links
> However to answer your question completely you have to point out your
> major area of applications and in what degree you used Mathematica.
> For example if you are interested in numerical
> computations in version 4 the introduction of packed arrays took place
> resulting
> in considerable decrease in computations timings.
> Kind Regards
> Dimitris
> =CF/=C7 Thomas Dickens =DD=E3=F1=E1=F8=E5:
>> Hi,
>> I use Mathematica 3.0 at home. I can't afford to buy 5.2, but have
>> noticed  a copy of 4.0 for sale. Are the differences  between 3..0 ->
>> 4.0 worthwhile?
>> I know this is a question with no single answer, I just wanted some
>> opinions!
>> Thanks,
>> Tom

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