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Re: Re: Happy Birthday Mathematica!

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  • Subject: [mg90051] Re: [mg89996] Re: Happy Birthday Mathematica!
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 06:17:46 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
  • References: <g3nh81$dl$> <g3t70t$inb$> <>
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Have you noticed the subtle (?) propaganda against a printed Version 6 
of "The Mathematica Book" that appears in "Mathematica: The Scrapbook" at ?

Click the next to last image there to see it enlarged on the right, with 
legend, "Stephen Wolfram's Mathematica Book grows and grows...(almost 
beyond printability...)"

(Actually, somewhere on the WRI site I also saw a stack of copies of the 
Version 5 book showing how tall the pile would have to be for a printed 
copy of a Version 6 book; but I cannot find that again now.)

So what about a compromise (he said, only half in jest)?  "The 
Mathematica Book, Version 6" but an e-book for the Kindle?  It would 
still be electronic (thereby satisfying the anti-print folks among 
Wolframites) yet readable in bed, in a non-wired cafe, in the bathtub, 
... (thereby satisfying those of us who still like to read away from a 

AES wrote:
> In article <g3t70t$inb$1 at>, Nazdrovje <nazdrovje at> 
> wrote:
>> I think I started in 1993. Must have been either 1.2 or 2.0 on the
>> Mac. Probably 1.2. I'm such a nerd that I can't imagine working
>> without it (or choosing a job which wouldn't require it). Had the
>> manuals on my bedside table for a decade.
> <sarcasm mode on>
> "Had the manuals on my bedside table for a decade."
> Manuals?!?  Manuals on a bedside table?!?  
> Why in the world would anyone do that?  
> Next thing you know people will be wanting  to read
> manuals on a plane flight.   Or on a porch, or in a cafe,
> or in a clinic waiting room.
> How times have changed.
> <sarcasm mode off>

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