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Re: Re: How should I start with mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg85456] Re: [mg85421] Re: How should I start with mathematica?
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 06:09:04 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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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
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