20090516, 13:17  #1 
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"Tim Sorbera"
Aug 2006
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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 M40M46 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. 
20090518, 15:52  #2 
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So I take it we can shut mersenne.org down, then? After all, Wolfram hath decreeethed that we are now obsolete. (I believe the technical lingo is "like, so yesterday").

20090518, 17:54  #3 
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20090518, 18:17  #4 
Nov 2003
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Wolfram is not known for modesty.
Shortly after Mathematica came on the market, Wolfram gave a dogandpony 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?" 
20090518, 19:43  #5 
Aug 2006
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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... 
20090518, 20:19  #6  
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Quote:
He wasn't especially modest back then. Undoubtedly very smart, though. Paul Last fiddled with by xilman on 20090518 at 20:20 Reason: Mathematica was the followup to SMP, something to do with copyright restrictions on the original 

20090518, 20:38  #7 
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Would a Germanperiodictableinspired quip to the effect of "Never a modest man, Mr. Wolfram has trouble holding his tungsten..." be illreceived?

20090518, 21:20  #8 
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20090518, 21:36  #9 
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20090518, 23:50  #11 
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