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Language vs. Library

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  • Subject: [mg61054] Language vs. Library
  • From: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 01:35:02 -0400 (EDT)
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If we look at compiled and byte compiled languages such as C,C++,Java, C#,
etc., we see they typically consist of a core language, and standard
libraries.  In C, and C++ the demarcation is very clear. I know I've asked
a similar question in the past, but it's something that recures to me every
time I start working with Mathematica.  Is there a core Mathematica
language?  If so, what does it consist of?

"Philosophy is written in this grand book, The Universe. ... But the book
cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language...
in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, ...;
without which wanders about in a dark labyrinth."   The Lion of Gaul

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