March 12, 2015 — Stephen Wolfram

*Pictures from Pi Day now added »*

This coming Saturday is “Pi Day of the Century”. The date 3/14/15 in month/day/year format is like the first digits of π=3.1415… And at 9:26:53.589… it’s a “super pi moment”.

Between *Mathematica* and Wolfram|Alpha, I’m pretty sure our company has delivered more π to the world than any other organization in history. So of course we have to do something special for Pi Day of the Century.

February 20, 2015 — Hector Zenil, Special Projects Group

When I was invited to join the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee in 2008 by Professor Barry Cooper to prepare for the Alan Turing Year in 2012, I would have never imagined that just a few years later, Turing’s life and work would have gained sufficient public attention to become the subject of a Hollywood-style feature film, nor that said movie would go on to earn eight Oscar nominations.

February 9, 2015 — Jenna Giuffrida, Content Administrator, Technical Communications and Strategy Group

We are once again thrilled by the wide variety of topics covered by authors around the world using Wolfram technologies to write their books and explore their disciplines. These latest additions range from covering the basics for students to working within specialties like continuum mechanics.

January 15, 2015 — Oleksandr Pavlyk, Kernel Technology

January 16, 2015, marks the 360^{th} birthday anniversary of Jacob Bernoulli (also James, or Jacques).

Jacob Bernoulli was the first mathematician in the Bernoulli family, which produced many notable mathematicians of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Jacob Bernoulli’s mathematical legacy is rich. He introduced Bernoulli numbers, solved the Bernoulli differential equation, studied the Bernoulli trials process, proved the Bernoulli inequality, discovered the number ** e**, and demonstrated the weak law of large numbers (Bernoulli’s theorem).

October 21, 2014 — Ed Pegg Jr, Editor, Wolfram Demonstrations Project

For today’s magic show: A century ago, Martin Gardner was born in Oklahoma. He philosophized for his diploma. He wrote on Hex and Tic-Tac-Toe. The Icosian game and polyomino. Flexagons from paper trim, Samuel Loyd, the game of Nim. Digital roots and Soma stairs, mazes, logic, magic squares. Squaring squares, the golden Phi. Solved the spider and the fly. |

October 6, 2014 — Jenna Giuffrida, Content Administrator, Technical Communications and Strategy Group

Authors turn to Wolfram technologies to elucidate complex concepts, from physics to finance. Here is a roundup of the latest publications that feature the Wolfram Language and *Mathematica*.

October 1, 2014 — Richard Asher

The Nobel Prize in Physics ceremony is upon us once again! With the 2014 winner set to be revealed in Stockholm next week, we at Wolfram got to wondering how many of the past recipients have been *Mathematica* users.

We found no less than 10 Nobel Prize–winning physicists who personally registered copies of *Mathematica*. That’s at least one in every eight Physics laureates since 1980! And anecdotal evidence suggests that nearly every Nobel laureate uses *Mathematica* through their institution’s site license.

August 12, 2014 — Stephen Wolfram

Every four years for more than a century there’s been an International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) held somewhere in the world. In 1900 it was where David Hilbert announced his famous collection of math problems—and it’s remained the top single periodic gathering for the world’s research mathematicians.

This year the ICM is in Seoul, and I’m going to it today. I went to the ICM once before—in Kyoto in 1990. *Mathematica* was only two years old then, and mathematicians were just getting used to it. Plenty already used it extensively—but at the ICM there were also quite a few who said, “I do *pure* mathematics. How can *Mathematica* possibly help me?”

August 6, 2014 — Devendra Kapadia, Mathematica Algorithm R&D

What is the sum of all the natural numbers? Intuition suggests that the answer is infinity, and, in calculus, the natural numbers provide a simple example of a divergent series. Yet mathematicians and physicists have found it useful to assign fractional, negative, or even zero values to the sums of such series. My aim in writing this post is to clear up some of the mystery that surrounds these seemingly bizarre results for divergent series. More specifically, I will use `Sum` and other functions in *Mathematica* to explain the sense in which the following statements are true.

The significance of the labels A, B, C, and D for these examples will soon become clear!

July 30, 2014 — Wolfram Blog Team

Kenzo Nakamura uses *Mathematica* to create Escher-inspired mathematical art. His trademark piece, Three-Circle Mandala, depicts a large circle covered by three smaller, repeating circles that form a Sierpinksi gasket.

When Nakamura began using *Mathematica*, he didn’t originally intend to use it for his artistic endeavors. He found the program by chance at a seminar while looking for the right tool to help him write his master’s thesis.

Now, in addition to using *Mathematica* for technical and operations research, Nakamura uses it to create *Mathematica*-derived visual illusions. Although his works are static drawings, their infinite properties create the illusion of movement.

Watch Nakamura discuss using *Mathematica* to create his drawings, and see a few of his creations.

(YouTube in Japanese)