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Wolfram Mathematica 8 Home Edition Windows

by Mathematica Home Edition
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Discover the ultra-calculator used by millions of students, scientists, engineers, and mathematicians worldwide.
  • Mathematica Home Edition is intended for hobbyists and enthusiasts;
  • Work with built-in expert knowledge spanning hundreds of subjects from physics and environmental science, to finance and sociology.
  • Get started immediately using the world's easiest-to-learn programming language that even allows plain English input.
  • Create output from any kind of data, in whatever format you desire, including PDF reports, business graphics, spreadsheets, and web pages.
  • Includes the full functionality of the Professional edition but is not licensed for commercial, nonprofit, academic or government use.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: DVD-ROM

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.9 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • ASIN: B004DJDJ3O
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 20, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,975 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Ways to Use Mathematica:

Help make your child's homework fun and interesting

Use preset features and functions designed for education.

Choose from hundreds of already created Demonstrations and learning tutorials.

Avoid learning curves with free-form input.

Become your own financial manager:

Use hundreds of built-in algorithms and interactive models that will help you assess risk, find trends, and build your portfolio.

Visually manage all of your monthly expenses using Mathematica's preset calculators and data.

Seamlessly import your existing feeds and data from other applications.

Visualize and explore the cosmos:

Compute positions of astronomical objects in real time, build models, analyze data, and instantly create interactive visualizations of the solar system and beyond.

Explore built-in data on planets, exoplanets, stars, galaxies, and other astronomical entities.

Use state-of-the-art processing capabilities for astronomical imaging tasks.

Get a leg up on the competition by monitoring your favorite sports statistics:

Analyze and identify the trends of your favorite players and teams.

Track your fantasy team's performance.

Monitor how your favorite players stack up against the all-time greats.

More of what Mathematica Home Edition can do for you:

Prototype ideas

Track your diet and fitness plans

Learn math and computer programming the fun way

Create unique artistic photo effects

Develop day trading strategies

Track your ancestry

Create interactive computer games

Make personal maps from your GPS data

Design fashionable fabric patterns

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars User and fan of Mathematica for over 20 years June 24, 2011
For doing any sort of fast programming or deep mathematics, I've been using Mathematica since the early 1990's. My first usage was on a Mac Plus, calculating the determinant of a large matrix.

Obviously, both computers and Mathematica have improved since then. The big draw for me has been the thousand of online examples of many types of math, at *.wolfram.com, with * = (demonstrations, mathworld, library). For many areas of math, working code will be findable at one of those three sites.

Also, that code will often be short. Go to the Wolfram Demonstrations Project and give it all a test drive, play around with the interactive examples, and take a look at the code that generates them.

Computers today are roughly a billion times more powerful than a few decades ago. That allowed the teenager Neil Bickford to use Mathematica on the Minsky Circle problem and find hundreds of things that have never been seen before. Any math problem subject to computer attack that hasn't been looked at in the last decade basically hasn't been looked at seriously. Myself, I made the mistake of looking at the Mrs. Perkins Quilt problem, which deals with dividing a square into smaller squares. With billions of times more power than the last people to look at the problem, I couldn't help but greatly improve the known results.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Math/Graphing/Computational Software May 4, 2012
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I just installed Mathematica Home Edition. This is their latest version. Mathematica comes on 1 DVD and takes 2.98 GB's of space in its own folder and slightly more elsewhere. I plan to use it to brush up on my Calculus and perhaps do some financial analysis. However, this is a very advanced software package. It will take some time to learn even the basic commands.

There are 3 main math software packages available, Mathematica, MATLAB & Maple. Mathematica is the only one which is affordable and available on Amazon. The other 2 companies should also have a "Home Edition." I recommend to MathWorks (MATLAB) and Maplesoft (Maple) that they follow Wolfram's lead and make a "Home Edition" available on Amazon. Otherwise, no home user will buy their software. Once a student leaves the university, he will probably NOT be able to afford their software. I believe they want over fifteen hundred. I could not even get a figure from MATLAB because they wanted my name, address, phone number, email, etc..., JUST TO GET A PRICE FOR THEIR SOFTWARE! Why should I give them all my personal information just for that? Ridiculous, I refused and hung up.

There seems to be only ONE book which covers Mathematica 8, Mathematica: A Problem-Centered Approach, ©2010. While this book has a lot of solutions to problems, it does not cover the basic commands of even how to enter a formula. However, I have already entered some interesting solutions. In a new notebook, try entering this under "Mathematica Input" mode. If it doesn't graph, right-click and choose "Evaluate cell.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Glaring Problem Makes It Lose a Star January 3, 2011
Mathematica 8 is hands down the most powerful math software I've seen, and it's fantastic that they've found a price that a home user can afford. However, my main interest in math and science right now is tensor math, and here Mathematica has let someone else have the ball. Before purchasing Mathematica, do be aware that it has no tensor math built in beyond a few list functions and matrix multiplication and the like. Basically, you can do tensor math, as long as you write the whole package yourself or purchase the outdated commercial one for nearly twice the price you paid for Mathematica. Too bad. When will the day come when tensor math will be included in Mathematica?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Powerhouse February 23, 2013
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Although the interface is simple enough for a novice to receive instant gratification, there's a relatively steep learning curve before Mathematica's true power can be tapped.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy Mathematica for typing papers May 1, 2012
Stop. If you are planning to buy Wolfram's Mathematica to write a mathematical paper or book, you are about to make a big mistake. I started editing my paper with Mathematica because this package is supposed to save documents into Latex format (at least this is what Mathematica online "help" says). However, I got really frustrated when I realized that when you ask Mathematica to save your paper into Latex, Mathematica saves only the plain-text scaffold of the formulas, the numbering and position of the formulas is lost, most of the format of the paper disappears, and entire formulas disappear. Even some pieces of text disappear. I Googled this problem, and learned that some other users even have got much messier "Latex" translations than mine.

Another problem of Mathematica as a word processor is that when you print, or save your mathematical paper in pdf, very usually you obtain a bunch of unfixable funny characters and unfixable disorganized output. This is a real problem, because not even a decent pdf version of the paper can be obtained, and most mathematical and statistical journals do not accept submissions in Mathematica format.

Mathematica is definitely NOT a word processor of the sort "What you see is what you get". In order to obtain a printed letter size of 11 points, you need to establish a letter size of 14 points for your screen (???).

But here is the major issue: Wolfram's technical support is lousy. Do not expect much help from them. This company is always trying to charge you for helping you to fix their own bugs. I cannot understand why a software company charges for helping you to fix a problem that is the result of an underdeveloped product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A One Stop Shop
I have been a Mathematica user and consultant for 25 years. I even wrote my book, The Theoretical Minimum, in it. It is easy to use and it is powerful, It is easy to program in it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Hrabovsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I've always thought Mathematica was the best mathematical software available. Version 8 has some nice improved features including a good way to animate solutions, e.g. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul Alan Safier
2.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to use
Mathematica is a very backwards programming language. Many times your Math "code" won't work unless you evaluate the entire notebook, which can take a lot of time.
Published 15 months ago by Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Mathematica 8 Home Edition
I have owned several early editions of Mathematica, when I was still mostly using Macintosh products... but, it became too expensive for me to keep upgrading. Read more
Published on December 7, 2012 by Tom Orman
1.0 out of 5 stars License expire on 12-12-2012
I purchase this software on 11-6-2012,it got in to my hand on 11-15-2012.
Now this thing is going to expire on 12-12-2012.My $300 software is good for 30 days of use.
Published on November 28, 2012 by Eric Zhou
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced calculator software
If you are looking for a high-level graphing calculator product for your laptop or desktop computer, Mathematica 8 Home Edition is very good in every respect. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Tony V
2.0 out of 5 stars Consider Maple
I acted as a guinea pig for Mathematica when the software first went beta. I spent long periods of time evaluating it and running routines,looking for bugs, and sent in reports... Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by Terry Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best software packages ever developed
I too am a longtime user of Mathematica, and the newer home licensing version for under 300.00 is brilliant. ( though students can get better pricing on the student version ). Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by Marc Mest
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I've used this software at school a lot and always liked it the best of the math software packages. It can do just about anything you can think of. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by C-man
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