20090520, 16:02  #23  
Bamboozled!
"๐บ๐๐ท๐ท๐ญ"
May 2003
Down not across
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I don't see any conflict between those characteristics and a selfconfidence well on the side of immodesty. Paul 

20090520, 22:13  #24 
May 2009
Loughborough, UK
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I'm liking it!
Maybe it has been overhyped, maybe people's expectations are higher than it delivers, maybe it is buggy, maybe it is it complete; that is strongly probable to all those bases ;) My first test of it was the infinite product from k=1 of (2^k1)/(2^k) It told me! Prior I spent some time trying to find it before I calculated the first few digits and then used Plouffe's Inverse Symbolic Calculator to find more. As a nice little exercise try proving that it is convergent. My next test of it was after a pub debate about Erastosthenes' measure of the circumference of the Earth. This is important, there is a pint bet involved! My first port of call was Google to Wikipaedia. But I then used WAlpha with "Cairo to Syrene". It didn't know Syrene but Wiki had given me the coords of Syrene. WA smartly assumed I meant degrees of arc and minutes (angular measure) but gave me the choice of changing it. It also immediately gave me the distance including 1/50th of the circumference of the earth. Since then I have used it many times for a quick ModPow or Prime Factors of 2^271 or MultiplicativeOrder(9,29) or (6,211). At the very least it is a free license to use Mathematica. It is far from perfect, far from complete; but I like it and d Utility/dt is positive and high. Paul Landon ps. A bonus mark to it for a precise 2 digit result to the query "Ultimate Answer?" http://www61.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=ultimate+answer 
20090522, 07:06  #25  
May 2009
Loughborough, UK
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I can't find the Edit button :(
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20090523, 11:03  #26  
Tribal Bullet
Oct 2004
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If someone has a good shot at being the smartest guy in the room, what would you ask him? His view of the future of symbolic algebra, or the humanmachine interface, or the nature of science? The first question was 'why can't Mathematica symbolically integrate sin(sin(x))?' Wolfram knew off the top of his head. 

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