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Re: Re: Re: Show and 6.0

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  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 02:56:46 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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I, for one, regard Wolfram's "The Mathematica Book" as excellent, both 
as a reference and as a tutorial.  I have always found it quite 
readable, and indeed I am quite sure I have read through at least nearly 
  everything in at least nearly all chapters. And the pages of some of 
those chapters are very well worn.

The "Virtual Book" added to Mathematica 6.0.1 (or was it 6.0.2?) is a 
reasonable substitute for that, although I still miss the convenience of 
a bound book, and I still prefer the two-column code / comment layout of 
all the examples in "The Mathematica Book".

One thing really missing in "the book" was the process of building up 
larger applications such as might arise in practice.  But other books do 

Andrzej Kozlowski wrote:
  > ... As for Wolfram's huge book, while excellent as a
> on-line reference, I consider it totally unreadable (and I have good  
> reasons to believe that the people who most lament its absence in  
> Mathematica 6 have never actually read the earlier versions).

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