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Re: Work on Basic Mathematica Stephen!

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  • From: "djmpark" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 06:24:37 -0400 (EDT)
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Well it is frustrating but we can't just say that we could write great
documents using Mathematica but we have to actually do it and then try to
show them to a few individuals. Then maybe some of them will say: "That's
great, I want to do that also." Then maybe it will grow. I like to say: "The
great masterpieces have yet to be written."

But maybe the barriers are just too high.

Then, what is the purpose of the notebook interface and all the types of
dynamic display? Is it only for users private enjoyment?

David Park
djmpark at 

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But that was exactly my point...I tried so hard with our Community College
and University to get Mathematica into the curriculum....or, as I said, to
give some lectures and examples on the use of Mathematica....and ALL of
them,  Engineering, Math and Physics Depts said  'Thanks but No Thanks', as
if they have something against Mathematica....It seemed that the idea that
students would not use pencil and paper in as laborious a manner as possible
really bothered them....Not once did they think perhaps this might lead to a
real enjoyment of technical subjects and perhaps to much better
understanding of their course work......even when I was working I was
affectionately known as 'The Mathematica Nut'...although, I'm reminded of
something that Nietzsche said....

"Overzealousness on the part of one person can lead the others to

jerry blimbaum

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