May 16, 2014 — Allison Taylor, Public Relations

In 1974, a Hungarian professor of architecture by the name of Ernő Rubik came up with a seemingly simple idea: to create a small, 2x2x2 rotating cube made up of sub-cubes to use as a teaching tool for his students. Little did he know that this device, which was originally intended simply to help visualize moving parts in three dimensions (and didn’t even work that well), would develop into a puzzle that continues, to this day, to plague and fascinate minds of all ages.

Minds, for example, like mine. Most younger siblings get hand-me-down clothes, books, or toys—but when I was thirteen years old, my big brother placed a dented and worn colorful plastic cube into my hands. The stickers were peeling and falling off, it was rickety and hard to turn, but I didn’t care, it was perfect.

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August 9, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team

The Wolfram Demonstrations Project has newly organized its K–12 interactive content to fit United States Common Core State Standards.

Engagement, exploration, discovery—these are the staples of good education. Giving students the freedom to be curious and the tools to satisfy that curiosity helps develop independent thinkers and confident problem-solvers.

With the Demonstrations Project, students can visualize, manipulate, and explore the very principles that are being taught in the classroom. Teachers can enrich their lesson plans with cutting-edge and engaging content by exploring the Demonstrations database by grade level and Common Core Standard.

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April 24, 2012 — Vitaliy Kaurov, Technical Communication & Strategy

With nearly 8,000 interactive knowledge apps available on a huge variety of topics in the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, you’re bound to find one—or more—that you want to share.

Now you can easily embed any Demonstration you like on your own blog or website in one step. Watch this short video or read on to see how (we recommend viewing the video in full-screen mode):

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April 25, 2011 — Christopher Carlson, Senior User Interface Developer, User Interfaces

Wolfram Demonstrations Challenge

The Wolfram Demonstrations Challenge has run its course, and you have participated in droves. It’s time to pick the winners.

We do things our own way at Wolfram Research. We don’t pull slips of paper from a hat or ping-pong balls from a barrel for prize drawings. We write Mathematica programs to tell us who the winners are. Of course.

I wrote the program, but not wanting to expose myself to accusations of improperly influencing my laptop, I didn’t run it myself. Stephen Wolfram did and sent me the results.

And the winners are…

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April 4, 2011 — Christopher Carlson, Senior User Interface Developer, User Interfaces

Wolfram Demonstrations Challenge

As a long-time developer at Wolfram Research, I can attest that the job requires superhuman discipline and self-control. Those who lack fortitude are soon undone by the irresistible functionality we build into Mathematica and spend their days exploring the esoteric topics they’ve always wondered about instead of building more great technology.

The situation has recently gotten worse.

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March 8, 2011 — Vitaliy Kaurov, Technical Communication & Strategy

Today we are pleased to announce an exciting new phase in the development of the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. In addition to its slick new design and structure, allowing for more intuitive navigation, the website now features a groundbreaking technology that takes interactivity on the web to a whole new level. This technology tightly integrates live computations into the web browser, making interaction with Demonstrations a fluent part of the online experience.

Powered by a new web browser plugin, each Demonstration’s dynamic interface is now an element of the web page, similar to text, images, or videos, and yet is so much more than the typical inert content. Sliders, buttons, 3D graphic manipulations, color palettes, and the rest of the Wolfram interactive arsenal are now at your fingertips. They provide dynamic access to Mathematica’s universal engine spanning vast areas of pure and applied math, image processing, finance, control systems, wavelet analysis, and much more.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

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September 29, 2010 — Ed Pegg Jr, Editor, Wolfram Demonstrations Project

Iteration usually increases complexity. For example, ponder the following “Fractal Maze”. The green lines mark the boundaries of a frame that shows the black paths of a maze. Copies of that frame and the paths are copied inside. With 4 levels of nested frames, it is possible to get from 1 to 8 on the outer frame. When pictures are repeated inside themselves, it’s usually called the Droste effect.

Fractal Maze

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August 6, 2010 — Ed Pegg Jr, Editor, Wolfram Demonstrations Project

Pick some points at random. What can be said about them? What curves go through them? What polygons and polynomials can be made from them? Deep mathematics lurks behind these questions, but the answers can be explored just by moving points around within some Wolfram Demonstrations.

Simply by moving points you can see deep mathematics in action.

For example, “Five Points Determine a Conic Section” (Ed Pegg Jr and Paul Abbott) uses a matrix determinant on five points to produce an equation going through all five points.

Five Points Determine a Conic Section

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July 27, 2010 — Marty McKee, Copywriter

You already know that Mathematica can do anything technical—modeling, simulation, development, documentation, and so on.

But it’s also a great tool for relaxing. When you need to take a break from your engineering project or math homework, you don’t have to shut down Mathematica. Clear your head with one of these fun activities created by Mathematica users for the Wolfram Demonstrations Project.

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July 22, 2009 — George Beck, Scientific Information Group

Last week we proudly celebrated the milestone of 5,000 Demonstrations. As each one is a separate program, this represents a huge collaborative software development.

And now, every Demonstration has its preview animation available on YouTube. Each has a unique soundtrack created with variations on a custom WolframTones selection.

Some facts and figures: over the last year, there have been nearly 14 million visits to all Demonstrations pages, with 3.5 million unique visitors to the main site. As stated in the previous blog post, Demonstrations have been viewed over 6 million times. Over 1 million notebooks have been downloaded using the Mathematica Player and over half a million source notebooks have been downloaded.

Here are the top Demonstration topics:

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