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Re: How should I start with mathematica?

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  • Subject: [mg85507] Re: How should I start with mathematica?
  • From: "Steve Luttrell" <steve at>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 04:09:38 -0500 (EST)
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"David Bailey" <dave at> wrote in message 
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> 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

I think the message you are looking for is this one from Thomas Muench:

Stephen Luttrell
West Malvern, UK 

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