Re: Adding markers on the surface of a Plot3D?

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• Subject: [mg89348] Re: Adding markers on the surface of a Plot3D?
• From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
• Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2008 02:55:35 -0400 (EDT)
• Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
• References: <g2b4o8\$nm2\$1@smc.vnet.net>

AES wrote:

[snip]

> [And would someone want to help me understand _why_  the
> Show[ - - - - -] command (followed by a semicolon) no longer works, or
> can no longer be used, as one of a sequence of multiple expressions
> within a longer cell?  And why it can't even have a semicolon following
> it as the last line in a cell?  I just can't envision the logic of why
> this was a necessary (or optional?) interface design decision -- isn't
> Show[---] an expression?]

You may have not noticed, but the graphic engine has been completely
redesigned in version 6.xx. Graphs are no longer side effects of
plotting functions (these include Show as well); on the contrary,
graphics are now first class objects. In other words, the graph is the
output or result of a plot command. Since the semi-column, as previously
in v5.2, prevents the result of an evaluation to be displayed ending a
plot expression by a semi-column produces no output when evaluated. This
behavior is expected and coherent with the whole behavior of
Mathematica: plots are no longer treated as second class citizen and
plot functions behave in exactly the same way as every other Mathematica
expressions.

Show[Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 3.5}], ListPlot[{1, 4, 9}]]
Show[Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 3.5}], ListPlot[{1, 4, 9}]];
Print[Show[Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 3.5}], ListPlot[{1, 4, 9}]]]
Print[Show[Plot[x^2, {x, 0, 3.5}], ListPlot[{1, 4, 9}]]];
Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2*Pi}]
Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2*Pi}];
Print[Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2*Pi}]]
Print[Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2*Pi}]];

Regards,
-- Jean-Marc

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