Re: More Mathematica CAN'T do than CAN???

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg113357] Re: More Mathematica CAN'T do than CAN???*From*: Pierre Albarede <pa.news at free.fr>*Date*: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 06:40:22 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <ia10ci$op7$1@smc.vnet.net>

Hi, On Oct 24, 12:05 pm, Nicholas Kormanik <nkorma... at gmail.com> wrote: > A few evenings ago I was speaking with a "learned mathematician" at > the local university here. In the course of our wide-ranging talk, he > stated that Mathematica is only capable of doing less than half the > problems in mathematics today. > > I was floored at his assertion. I have only scratched the surface of > all that Mathematica can do. > > There's tons more that it CAN'T do??? > Mathematica does not do anything because only YOU are doing (with Mathematica). Mathematica is a good tool for all the mathematics that are isomorphic to long computations, that is experimental or technical mathematics. Reduce can also be used for proving, except that most often you will not have an explicit proof. Mathematica can hardly help you for inductive work (that is building a theory or a model), although it can help you expess and try your ideas. Some excellent mathematicians still do not use computers for doing mathematics. I guess they have colloborators who use computers for them. Mathematica can be used outside mathematics, for example, writing, graphics, interfaces, music... Mathematica is a generalist tool : it is good but possibly not best in nearly every domain. When you are good at Mathematica, you can often develop your own solutions faster than you would need to learn any specialized tool. Pierre Albar=E8de