• presenting timely content—useful developments in computing and their application to science and engineering—highlighting potential crossovers between the two groups, and
• providing a tutorial service, both within and across these constituencies, for those who want to broaden or deepen their understanding of and capability to work within areas of expertise at the intersection.
I found your review of Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab in the latest issue of CiSE to be biased and superficial. … When comparing the three packages, it is important to identify the strengths and unique capabilities of entire systems, including their toolboxes and other add-ons.The most substantive comment you have about Matlab is a cut-and-paste of the mission statement from our Web site (and) a highlighted statement that says "MathWorks seems to prize modularity." …You do not say anything about the difference between symbolic computing and numeric computing, which is the key distinguishing factor between Matlab and the other two packages.Matlab's intellectual and commercial success derives from its applicability to, and adoption by, technical communities outside of mathematics and physics … We make mathematical computing accessible to hundreds of thousands of people who might not otherwise have anything to do with mathematics.Cleve Moler, Chairman and Chief Scientist, The MathWorks
Thanks for conducting the evaluation of Mathematica, Matlab, and Maple in CiSE. The problem for most practicing scientists is that time constraints force one to chose a math application and go with it. As time goes by, though, one wonders if other packages might have some useful advantage. However, the time to evaluate others just never seems to come along. I look forward to your evaluations.Peter A. Mock. Ph.D., R.G., President and Principal Hydrologist/Geologist, Peter Mock Groundwater Consulting
I just finished reading your article in the Jan./Feb. issue of CiSE (and I'm looking forward to the upcoming series). I would like to point out, however, that you're leaving out of the discussion an excellent program—Mathcad. I've used Mathematica and Maple, and I've tinkered some with MatLab, but I've used Mathcad much more.Mathcad is far easier to teach to students; it is much more user friendly; it provides much better document-creation capabilities … it allows mixing of text, graphics, and mathematics in any manner that the user wants to see it done …Mathcad's symbolic capability is a subset of Maple, but the integration into the scratch pad format makes those abilities much more accessible for the average user …Michael Thackston, Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics; Southern Polytechnic State University; Marietta, Georgia