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Seeking Mathematica's faults

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  • Subject: [mg30713] Seeking Mathematica's faults
  • From: "Chris Parson" <siu99cjp at>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 02:55:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University of Reading
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I am in the hunt for any possible flaws in the symbolic computation tools of
Mathematica version 4.x.  I am only interested in Calculus-related queries,
i.e. integration/DEs etc, but if anyone has (or knows where I could find) a
list of mathematical problems to which Mathematica returns incorrect or
incomplete answers, I would be most grateful.  This includes scenarios where
necessary side-conditions to Mathematica output are omitted by the system.

A good example of the kind of thing I am after is Michael Wester's 1995
paper "A Review of CAS Mathematical Capabilities" (this can be obtained via
his website at  In it, he writes "it is this
author's hope that this review will encourage the development of a
comprehensive CAS test suite".  If such a suite has materialised, I'd like
to know about it!

Many thanks,

Chris Parson
University of Reading

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