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Re: Does Mathematica really need more printed, introductory documentation?
On 4/28/08 at 4:37 AM, siegman at stanford.edu (AES) wrote: >In response to Andrzej Kozlowski's comment >>Judging by quite many "ordinary users" I known, the views you have >>been expressing, particularly those on the need for printed >>software manuals rather make you a memeber of a minority, and >>moreover a rather rapidly declining one. I for one, . . . >Does Mathematica really need printed, more introductory level >documentation (aka books, or manuals) to add to its excellent, but >less readable, online documentation? Given the number of what I believe are reasonably successful third party books on Mathematic, it seems clear there is a need. <snip> >A quick look at amazon.com then brings up a list of at least twelve >(12) such introductory books or manuals on Illustrator (list >appended below). All of these books are currently available in stock >on amazon (and three are on my bookshelf) --- as compared to _none_ >(as yet, anyway) for Mathematica 6. Given it has only been a few months since Mathematica 6 was released and the time it takes to write any text and get it published it should not be surprising there are not any third party books on Mathematica yet. But given the number of books published for previous versions, it seems certain there will be books for version 6 in due time.