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  • From: Bill Rowe <readnews at>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 03:26:28 -0400 (EDT)
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On 4/1/13 at 1:00 AM, johnandsara2 at (debguy) wrote:

>I can't agree.  A semicolon after plot should not stop Show.  Below
>is straight from the book which i'm sure you've already tried
>looking up right ? :)

>plot1 = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 \[Pi]}, DisplayFunction -> Identity];
>Evaluate the cell to create the graphic.

>plot2 = Plot[Sin[2 x], {x, 0, 2 \[Pi]}, DisplayFunction ->

>"You can see both graphs together by setting the Show option
>DisplayFunction to $DisplayFunction.  Evaluate the expression to see
>the graphic."

>Show[plot1, plot2, DisplayFunction -> $DisplayFunction];


In[1]:= $DisplayFunction

Out[1]= Identity


plot1 = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 \[Pi]}, DisplayFunction -> Identity];

is identical to

plot1 = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 \[Pi]}];

Usage of DisplayFunction in this manner to combine plots went
away in version 6 when display of plots ceased to be a side
effect. So, with the current version of Mathematica

Show[plot1, plot2, DisplayFunction -> $DisplayFunction];

is the same as

Show[plot1, plot2];

which will be interpreted by Mathematica as the compound expression

Show[plot1, plot2];Null

And since Mathematica will only display the result of the last
portion of a compound expression, no display results.

Also, if you have the default syntax coloring set you will
notice the final semicolon in both

Show[plot1, plot2, DisplayFunction -> $DisplayFunction];


Show[plot1, plot2];

is colored red warning you the result may not be as you expect.

If you copied your example from a hard copy version of the
Mathematica Book, you should be aware the last printed version
of that book distributed by Wolfram for Mathematica was for
version 4. The substantial changes between version 5 and 6 mean
a lot of the graphics examples in the last printed version of
the Mathematica book are simply not applicable to the current
version of Mathematica.

If you copied your example from the online book in version 6 or
later, then you found something in the online documentation that
Wolfram failed to update.

Appending a semicolon to the end of Show[...] should suppress
the display. Anything else would mean Show would behave in a
manner inconsistent with all other functions in Mathematica.

The only function that will produce a display when terminated
with a semicolon is Print. And this is because Print sends its
output to $Output rather the Out stack.

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