The Mathematica Programming Language

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Mathematica is the world's only fully integrated environment for technical computing. Mathematica has been available since 1988 and is being used more and more in teaching, research, and in industry. A by-product of the symbolic computation system is a programming language that differs from traditional languages in many important ways.

Mathematica has become a standard in a great many organizations, and it is used today in all of the Fortune 500 companies, all of the 15 major departments of the U.S. government, and all of the 50 largest universities in the world.

The development of Mathematica has been carried out at Wolfram Research by a world-class team led by Stephen Wolfram. The success of Mathematica has fueled the continuing growth of Wolfram Research, and has allowed a large community of independent Mathematica-related businesses to develop. There are today nearly a hundred specialized commercial packages available for Mathematica, as well as several periodicals and more than two hundred books devoted to the system.

Significant Language Features

Mathematica combines ideas from many different sources.

Areas of Application

Sample Programs

Related Links

Printed References

  1. Höft, Hartmut F.W. and Margret H. (1998). Computing with Mathematica . Academic Press, San Diego, Ca.
  2. Maeder, Roman (1994). The Mathematica Programmer . Academic Press, Chestnut Hill, Ma.
  3. Wolfram, Stephen (1999). The Mathematica Book, Fourth Edition . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Ma.

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