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Re: Range of Use of Mathematica
In article <g1e351$eqq$1 at smc.vnet.net>, Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu> wrote: > My impression is that in (much) earlier Mathematica versions, WRI went > out of its way to encourage and foster such 3rd party books (some of > which were, in fact, written by or co-authored by insiders). Either > this is not being done or, if it is, there's a considerable lag in such > efforts seeing the light of day. > > I remain convinced that some of the early success of Mathematica was the > existence of such books, beyond the intrinsic value of the software > itself. And I continue to hope that the seemingly print-averse, > pro-electronic enthusiasts within WRI do not totally dominate the > direction this takes. Murray and I are of course singing from exactly the same songbook in expressing views like these. I'll go further: WRIs failure to have done this with the ("revolutionary") transition to 6 is not just inexplicable but absolutely insane. Combined with Mathematica's pricing, I predict that it will do substantial damage to Mathematica's competitive status and market success.