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Re: "Do What I Mean" - a suggestion for improving

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  • Subject: [mg97049] Re: "Do What I Mean" - a suggestion for improving
  • From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 07:09:41 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • References: <gogc0l$oga$1@smc.vnet.net>

In article <gogc0l$oga$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> While I understand this is small comfort to a new user, there
> really isn't much else to be said. Mathematica forms a rich
> complex toolset for doing mathematica analysis. Any such system
> will require significant time and effort on the part of an user
> to become proficient in making use of its capabilities.

I'm afraid that this, if true, is small comfort to me -- but it's 
because I thought that the point to Mathematica was making a toolset 
with which many different levels of users -- smart high school juniors 
and seniors, college students at all levels, working engineers at BS or 
MS levels, professionals in many other fields without extensive math or 
computer science bckgrounds -- could do both analytical and numerical 
analyses, make plots, graphs, animations, demonstrations, in their own 
areas, **without having to invest "significant time and effort" (which 
they may simply not have) in learning the increasingly arcane, massive, 
and complex complications involved in working with Mathematica.

The second sentences above says,  "Mathematica forms a rich complex 
toolset for doing mathematica [NOTE: 'mathematica'] analysis." 

Freudian slip?


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