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An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language Paperback – December 11, 2015
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That may change, though. I’m sitting here, actually excited about the possibilities and potential of the Wolfram Language.
It is totally mind-blowing.
I am particularly interested in text and image processing. To date, I have been using Python for text processing because it is an easy, yet powerful, language to learn and use.
But processes and functions that would be fairly complex and time consuming to create in Python can be expressed in a single line of Wolfram Language code.
Likewise, I wouldn’t think of attempting image processing myself in Python – but in Wolfram, I can invoke very sophisticated image analysis processes in a single line.
It is unfortunate that the Amazon “See Inside” feature has not yet been implemented for this book because it would be immensely valuable to potential purchasers who know nothing of the Wolfram Language. In lieu of this, you might check the Wolfram Language website for the “Fast Introduction For Programmers”. This may seem a bit of a cop-out in a review of a book about the language, but this language is radically different than any language I’ve ever used and I needed an overview before I could really believe what I was seeing and reading.
The book itself is very clearly written with dozens, if not hundreds, of operations and functions described in one or two paragraphs, each containing examples.Read more ›
He begins by saying The Mathematica Handbook which was discontinued in 2007 with the fifth edition because at 1500 pages had reached the limit for a hardbound handbook. Wolfram writes that the current edition, 10.3, would have to be 50,000 pages and be equivalent to the Encyclopedia Brittanica in length. Much too much for a reference manual. Wolfram says that all the information is in the Help section of the program. Mathematica has the most extensive on-line documentation of any major software program.
He goes through most of the program giving an overview of the programs features. He gives examples which are supplemented by professional illustrations. He lingers on the newer areas Mathematica addresses. That is, features added since the fifth edition from 2007. He doesn't spend too much time on pure mathematics--the Hands-on Introduction by Hastings, et al. covers that nicely. Also, old copies of the fifth edition of the Mathematica Handbook are still valid. Wolfram never throws away anything. He does simplify a few of the math functions, however. On page 295 he includes a chapter on "What We Haven't Discussed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to get a feel for the language, and it serves that purpose very well. Now I'm absolutely sure that I made the right decision to learn Python instead of Wolfram... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good to familiarize yourself with the Wolfram language.
Contains solutions to all exercises!
I'm a high school comp sci teacher. I've found my next curriculum.Published 2 months ago by Johnny B
I use Mathematica every day. After reading this book I understand what Wolfram Language is.Published 3 months ago by Y. SATO
It's an excellent tutorial. However, what is rather odd is that this Kindle book is not viewable on my Kindle. Neither can I read it using my Windows Kindle app. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dan K.
This book is full of creativity and I expect the ideas to be expanded more toward artificial intelligence.Published 3 months ago by Jikai
Really good book. Excellent introduction to the Wolfram language.Published 3 months ago by Brian Lawler
There is a wealth of information online for the Wolfram language. In fact, there is so much that it is sometimes daunting to sift through everything to get to what you want. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Ray