Re: Re: How should I start with mathematica?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg85456] Re: [mg85421] Re: How should I start with mathematica?*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 06:09:04 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst*References*: <fobjom$mqj$1@smc.vnet.net> <fogj22$4dt$1@smc.vnet.net> <fojrke$gqg$1@smc.vnet.net> <200802101013.FAA17708@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu

At one of the conferences, there was much criticism over the statement that WRI would no longer offer a printed "The Mathematica Book" as of version 6. The WRI defense was that 3rd parties would fill the gap. Well, 3rd parties haven't. Maybe a bunch of books are about to appear. But so far it looks like WRI really dropped the ball on this. Perhaps WRI folks are so enamored with their "electronic/on-line only" mentality that they just don't care about books any more. A big mistake, IMHO. AES wrote: > > 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. -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

**References**:**Re: How should I start with mathematica?***From:*AES <siegman@stanford.edu>