How do you read Mathematica?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg89870] How do you read Mathematica?*From*: bobeuland at gmail.com*Date*: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 02:48:21 -0400 (EDT)

Mathematics has a symbolic notation, but there has emerged a way to read it. For instance we know what notation these phrases refer to: x to the power of 3. integral of f of x dx, from x equals a to b sum of 1 over n squared, from n equals 1 to infinity If you can read a notation in English, it facilitates communication and your memory. Is there any proposal how to pronounce things in Mathematica? For instance A /.x -> b may be read as "A given that x goes to b". Alternatively "A given that x takes the value b". Alternatively "A where b is substituted for x". A/;B may be read as A provided that B. Sqrt /@ {1, 2, 3} may be read as "Square root mapped inside {1,2,3}". Alternatively "Square root mapped over {1,2,3}". Plus@@{1,2,3} may be read as "Plus applied to {1,2,3}". Alternatively "Change the head of List[1,2,3] to Plus". Thanks http://bobueland.com/