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A Physicist's Guide to Mathematica, 2nd Edition by Patrick T. Tam

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Preface to the Second Edition

Eleven years have elapsed since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1997. Then Mathematica 3.0 had less than 1200 built-in functions and other objects; now Mathematica 6.0, a major upgrade, has over 2200 of them. Also, Mathematica 6.0 features innovations such as real-time update of dynamic output, interface for interactive parameter manipulation, interactive graphics drawing and editing, load-on-demand curated data, and syntax coloring. Eleven years ago, Mathematica was well-known for its steep learning curve; the curve is no longer steep as we can now learn Mathematica from established courses and reader-friendly books rather than from only the definitive but formidable and encyclopedic reference, ...

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