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Old 2009-05-16, 13:17   #1
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Default Wolfram Alpha

http://www.wolframalpha.com/
This example page should be of particular note to the people on this forum:
http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/PrimeNumbers.html
Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, it can't compute the 47th Mersenne prime. In fact, it doesn't seem to know anything beyond the 38th Mersenne prime (compare http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i...Mersenne+prime and http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i...Mersenne+prime)...maybe not all values between M38 and M39 have been double checked so that "M39" is absolutely proven to be M39, but Wikipedia only lists M40-M46 as not being known to be that number.
Any other thoughts, impressions, rotten tomatoes?
Personally, I was expecting more from it. But it still is cool and I'm sure I'll use it now and then.
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Old 2009-05-18, 15:52   #2
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So I take it we can shut mersenne.org down, then? After all, Wolfram hath decree-ethed that we are now obsolete. (I believe the technical lingo is "like, so yesterday").
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Old 2009-05-18, 17:54   #3
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After all, Wolfram hath decree-ethed that we are now obsolete. (I believe the technical lingo is "like, so yesterday").
Yeah, but since when do we listen to him?
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Old 2009-05-18, 18:17   #4
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Yeah, but since when do we listen to him?
Wolfram is not known for modesty.

Shortly after Mathematica came on the market, Wolfram gave a dog-and-pony
show at Berkeley in which he touted how fantatstic the product really was.

At the end, he asked for questions and comments. Smales
(the Fields Medalist) got up, and started explaining how and why
mathematica was UNUSABLE in its (then) present incarnation.
He gave *many* examples of elementary errors made by the software.


When he was done, Wolfram replied "Does anyone else want to
make a speech?"
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Old 2009-05-18, 19:43   #5
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That seems well within his character.

But I have to hand it to him, Mathematica seems to be a great program these days, even if 90% of the stuff they added in 7 isn't useful to me. I'm rapidly losing my ability to solve antiderivatives...
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Old 2009-05-18, 20:19   #6
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Wolfram is not known for modesty.

Shortly after Mathematica came on the market, Wolfram gave a dog-and-pony
show at Berkeley in which he touted how fantatstic the product really was.

At the end, he asked for questions and comments. Smales
(the Fields Medalist) got up, and started explaining how and why
mathematica was UNUSABLE in its (then) present incarnation.
He gave *many* examples of elementary errors made by the software.


When he was done, Wolfram replied "Does anyone else want to
make a speech?"
I first met Wolfram not long after he gave up his DPhil at Oxford and started writing SMP. He spent a couple of months or so in Oxford at what was then the special products group of Research Machines. I was then doing a DPhil during the week and hacking for RML evenings and weekends. This would be around 1981 or 1982.

He wasn't especially modest back then. Undoubtedly very smart, though.


Paul

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Old 2009-05-18, 20:38   #7
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Would a German-periodic-table-inspired quip to the effect of "Never a modest man, Mr. Wolfram has trouble holding his tungsten..." be ill-received?
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Old 2009-05-18, 21:20   #8
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Old 2009-05-18, 21:36   #9
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Gotta wait WolframBeta...

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Would a German-periodic-table-inspired quip to the effect of "Never a modest man, Mr. Wolfram has trouble holding his tungsten..." be ill-received?

I approve.
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Old 2009-05-18, 23:50   #11
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He wasn't especially modest back then. Undoubtedly very smart, though.


Paul
As Churchill nearly put it (re Atlee):
"An immodest man, with much to be immodest about"
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