Re: Mathematica and Lisp

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg129579] Re: Mathematica and Lisp*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 01:38:55 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@wolfram.com*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newout@smc.vnet.net*Delivered-to*: mathgroup-newsend@smc.vnet.net*References*: <kcqkv4$lq5$1@smc.vnet.net> <kct7fj$sgo$1@smc.vnet.net> <kd03ej$6dl$1@smc.vnet.net> <kd2ltk$cog$1@smc.vnet.net> <kd7tsg$q3s$1@smc.vnet.net> <kdanpt$3d5$1@smc.vnet.net> <kdlfp1$117$1@smc.vnet.net> <kdnoak$725$1@smc.vnet.net> <20130125063453.135E468D0@smc.vnet.net>

On Jan 25, 2013, at 1:34 AM, Richard Fateman <fateman at cs.berkeley.edu> wrote: > ... > I think that perfection depends on the context. Though they are > not my areas of primary interest, I suspect the Mathematica is pretty > good for some kinds of graphics (though I find it clumsy sometimes, > that is probably my unfamiliarity with the nuances of Graphics objects), > and maybe linear cellular automata. > There seems to be a fairly strong consensus that for numerical > programming there are other competitors favored in engineering schools. At least some of that "fairly strong consensus" may be ill-founded today, after Mathematica's numerical methods have evolved. Typically I encounter engineers and scientists who assure me that M****b is oh so much better than Mathematica, yet they have never actually tried Mathematica in a serious way or looked into efficiency comparisons. They were raised on M****b and so they're convinced it's the be-all and end-all for numerical work, and how dare anybody try to tell them otherwise -- any evidence to the contrary be damned. While one can compile certain functions within Mathematica, of course it's difficult for any interpreted language to compete for running efficiency with a compiled language. --- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2838 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

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