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Re: How should I start with mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg85421] Re: How should I start with mathematica?
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2008 05:13:10 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <fobjom$mqj$1@smc.vnet.net> <fogj22$4dt$1@smc.vnet.net> <fojrke$gqg$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <fojrke$gqg$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 "D. Grady" <D.C.Grady at gmail.com> wrote:

> 
> Someone named James Kelley at UMD has put together some really great
> and extremely free notebooks called Essential Mathematica for Students
> of Science.  He goes through most of the important commands, with
> explanations, examples, and many practice problems.  I find these
> notebooks very helpful.
> 
> http://www.physics.umd.edu/courses/CourseWare/EssentialMathematica/
> 
> -Daniel

But, this is _all pre-6.0_, right?

In other words, approaching a year after its introduction there is 
_still_ no really good, really usable, really readable, really 
straightforward introduction to all the amazing, but immensely complex 
and confusing, old and especially new features of the new 6.0 version of 
Mathematica available for either "newbies" or experienced users of the 
program, either online or (especially) in any printed _or printable_ 
document(s).

Given all the immense respect I have for the marvels of Mathematica 
(and, as an  aside, its stiff retail price), I still cannot comprehend 
how Wolfram can have let this happen.


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