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Re: Mathematica 8 & reports / books

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  • Subject: [mg114984] Re: Mathematica 8 & reports / books
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2010 04:02:01 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <if1o2q$p54$> <>
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However, "Mathematica Navigator" is not a good buy for Mathematica 8: it 
was written for Mathematica 6 (with what would seem like last-minute
add-ons to bring things up-to-date for Mathematica 7). And it explicitly 
warns, "Because version 6 differs so much from earlier versions, this
book cannot practically be used with older versions...."  That's from
the 2009 Third Edition; is there a newer one?

Also, what the section "Acknowledgments" near the end of the Preface
says about producing the book from Mathematica is minimal: each chapter
was a separate notebook; the notebooks were joined by the Authortools
package; and the index (and the HelpBrowser version of the book) were
generated also using AuthorTools.

Moreover, so far as I can tell, the AuthorTools package no longer works
with Mathematica 8. At least when I try to create a new project after
specifying its name, target directory, and selected files in the target
directory, I keep getting an error message (which is truncated in the
error window that opens).

On 12/25/2010 2:34 AM, AES wrote:
> In article<if1o2q$p54$1 at>, per at RQNNE.invalid (Per R=F8nne)
> wrote:
>> I plan to purchase Mathematica 8 Student's Edition when I begin at study
>> of astronomy and physics at The University of Copenhagen September 2011.
>> At present I own Mathematica 5.1 Teacher's Edition [I'm a Sixth Form
>> College teacher with a master degree in computer science and English].
> For a Scandinavian view on this query, buy Heikki Ruskeepaa's
> "Mathematica Navigator" (a good purchase in any case), and read the
> section in the Preface where he describes how he produced this book
> directly from Mathematica (sort of . . . )

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