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Re: How should I start with mathematica?
"David Bailey" <dave at Remove_Thisdbailey.co.uk> wrote in message news:fope8d$ee1$1 at smc.vnet.net... > Murray Eisenberg wrote: >> 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, > > I completely agree - can you remember who it was who wrote a > "Mathematica book generator" and posted it here - if you can, I will add > a link to it on my site, because that is all that we seem to have for > the foreseeable future! > > I think WRI's approach to documentation is a real mistake. Newbies must > find it almost impossible to get into the software. Also, some of the > new features of 6.0 - such as all the new capabilities of Import and > Export are almost buried and unusable because of poor, vague, > Microsoft-style documentation. > > David Bailey > http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk > I think the message you are looking for is this one from Thomas Muench: http://forums.wolfram.com/mathgroup/archive/2007/Aug/msg00334.html Stephen Luttrell West Malvern, UK