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[DPRG] Maxima installed on Hal at the "Club House"

Subject: [DPRG] Maxima installed on Hal at the "Club House"
From: Kipton Moravec kip at kdream.com
Date: Thu Jun 19 14:15:01 CDT 2003

We can pick at the fine points, but all of them came from DOD-Macsyma.

It is like all the C variants came from Kernighan & Richie C at Bell Labs.
All of the C languages have the i++; statement, for example, and a lot of 
other common structures and commands.

C++ was a big extension of the original C language, but if you don't know 
all the details about C++ you can still program with the basic C commands.

The Macsyma descendents have a lot of the same syntax and commands.
All of them are based on LISP.

Wolfram has better graphing capabilities from the little I have seen.
I have not seen Maple so I can't comment.

I can run many of the examples in the Mathematica book on Maxima.  (I have 
not tried them all but will bring the book to the next RBNO, and we can see 
if you want.)  In the Mathematica book Wolfram acknowledges everyone except 
Macsyma. But it is funny how the commands are the same...  You can't do 
that with C and Ada or Pascal, or Algol, or COBOL or FORTRAN.

This is from the Sourceforge page.
"Maxima is a descendant of DOE Macsyma, which had its origins in the late 
1960s at MIT. It is the only system based on that effort still publicly 
available and with an active user community, thanks to its open source 
nature. Macsyma was the first of a new breed of computer algebra systems, 
leading the way for programs such as Maple and Mathematica."


At 09:16 AM 6/19/03, you wrote:
>On Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 09:12:52AM -0700, Kipton Moravec wrote:
> > One of the things not recorded as being accomplished at the last RBNO was
> > installing Maxima on the Linux Server.
> >
> > http://maxima.sourceforge.net
> >
> > What is the big deal?  Maxima is a computer algebra system.  It performs
> > symbolic math.
> > Wolfram Research sells Mathematica (pretty much the same program with more
> > bells and whistles) for $1880.00
> > Maplesoft sells Maple but does not list the price on the website.
>Um, it might not be too much of a stretch to say that Visual C++ is
>pretty much the same as GCC with more bells and whistles; but to say
>that Visual C++ is the same program as the GNU Ada compiler with more
>bells and whistles would stretch my credulity to the breaking point.
>(or similarly: "Visual Basic is the pretty much the same program as
>Perl with more bells and whistles.") I think your statement is
>similar, in that Mathematica, Maple, and Maxima (at least a decade
>ago, when I last used Mathematica and Maple, and looked at some of the
>Maxima documentation) are implementations of different languages and
>libraries. They aim at the same sort of problem space, but their
>designs are sufficiently different that the differences sometimes
>affect the way you use them to solve a given problem.
>(I hope I'm not being unreasonably picky: I thought the distinction
>might matter for someone who's just learning about this and trying to
>make decisions about what systems to read about and experiment with.)
>(And it is very nifty that any one of them is installed, thank you!)
>William Harold Newman <william.newman at airmail.net>
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>disputes. The trouble is, it's not true. You feel this when you start
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