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Re: Wolfram|Alpha Lookup Tool for Mathematica
In article <gv5e4a$igh$1 at smc.vnet.net>, Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu> wrote: > FWIW, my take on this is somewhat the other way 'round -- based upon > what Stephen Wolfram has said explicitly and upon some well-known past > history... > > Wolfram says that for many years he had the goal of a computational > knowledge engine. When the curated databases and related functions > showed up in Mathematica 6 and 7, I was a puzzled as to what new market > for Mathematica he was really aiming for. But now it's clear that a > primary impetus for that added Mathematica functionality was to provide > a tool for his computational knowledge engine. > > Similarly, past additions to Mathematica could be explained (after the > fact, perhaps) as tools that enabled him to better do NKS types of > computations. > > This is not to say that enhancements to Mathematica cannot also be > accounted for as simply widening its functionality and market. Just that > there really have been some very fundamental driving forces having to do > with much broader goals -- not just the development of Mathematica per se. > Very thoughtful and interesting post. Can't say whether it's correct or not -- or maybe better a better phrasing would be, can't say how much truth is in it. But it could explain a lot.