systems that get into sync or self-organize: fireflies flashing, metronomes ticking, heart cells firing electrical impulses. Mathematica can do calculus, number theory, geometry, algebra. But where Mathematica gets its powers from an army of Wolfram Research programmers, Pythons bare-bones core is supplemented by a massive library of extra featuresfor processing images, making music, building AIs, analyzing language, graphing data setsbuilt by a community of open-source contributors working for free. The Mathematica notebook is the more coherently designed, more polished productin large part because every decision that went into building it emanated from the mind of a single, opinionated genius. Its not that different than looking at the printing press, and the evolution of the book, he said. A few months ago, we launched a free course on the peer-review process. It was a deliberate decision.
We had a lot of fun at the SpotOn event talking about our trainings. In his blog post about computational essays, he writes, At the core of computational essays is the idea of expressing computational thoughts using the Wolfram Language. And like most papers, these findings were still hard to swallow, despite the lucid prose. It doesnt help that Wolframthe man, and to some extent the companytouts Mathematicas superiority, its necessity, in a way that even Gray describes as being a bit like how CrossFit people wont shut up about CrossFit. What made Mathematicas notebook especially suited to the task was its ability to generate plots, pictures, and beautiful mathematical formulas, and to have this output respond dynamically to changes in the code.
Since then, logicians and linguists have lusted after a universal language that would eliminate ambiguity and turn complex problem-solving of all kinds into a kind of calculus. He insinuates that he is largely responsible for basic ideas that have been central dogma in complex systems theory for 20 years, a fellow researcher told the. Entire data sets could fit in a table on a single page. Equipping scientists with computational notebooks, or some evolved form of them, might bring their minds to a level with problems now out of reach. At a certain point in the notebook, it gets to the part where the signal that generated the gravitational waves is processed into sound, and this you can play in your browser, hearing for yourself what the scientists heard first, the bloop of two black. Unabashedly, he said, theyd tell him to go back to physics and mathematics and writing papers. Galileo couldnt go anywhere to buy a telescope, Prez said. Software is a dynamic medium; paper isnt. I dont see stuff very well like that. Elsevier hired me to do some consulting thing about What would the future of scientific publishing look like? Maybe we can do better.
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