Mathematica isn't for everybody. It's huge, hard to learn, and expensive. But if you're an engineer, a Wall Street numbers whiz, or anyone else who needs to do serious math, nothing else comes close to its power. Wolfram Research (800 441-6284) offers a much-enhanced Version 3.0 for Windows, Mac, and Unix. Mathematica now sports a long overdue graphical interface that allows entry of mathematical expressions in standard, easily readable form. It also includes hundreds of new functions. The program goes for $1,295, including a 1,500-page hardcover textbook. Site licenses are available, and full-time students can buy a full-featured version for just $135. For a demonstration of Mathematica at work, check out www.integrals.com.
By STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM
Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.