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Re: Mathematica Book and Documentation

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  • Subject: [mg85673] Re: [mg85516] Mathematica Book and Documentation
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <sh2.7183 at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 01:52:24 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <200802130914.EAA21543@smc.vnet.net>

On Feb 13, 2008, at 4:14 AM, David Park wrote:

> I do not think an actual printed book is that useful with the new
> Mathematica 6 because it is impossible to reproduce dynamic behavior  
> on a
> static printed page. The world changes and the elderly can adapt as  
> well as
> the young. We've had more practice.



That's an excellent point.

I would add that, since Mathematica has become so large (and dynamic)  
that a complete traditional book is no longer practical, it seems to  
me that a traditional reference book on the core language alone would  
be of great value. Such a book could enable the beginner to make good  
use of the new-style complete documentation. (Perhaps publication of  
such a book will coincide with the long-rumored release of the core  
language?)

Selwyn Hollis


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