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.
Packing circles (with corrections),
ellipses, pi, and conic sections.
October 16, 2014 — Jenna Giuffrida, Content Administrator, Technical Communications and Strategy Group
Summer has drawn to a close, and so too have our annual internships. Each year Wolfram welcomes a new group of interns to work on an exciting array of projects ranging all the way from Bell polynomials to food science. It was a season for learning, growth, and making strides across disciplinary and academic divides. The Wolfram interns are an invaluable part of our team, and they couldn’t wait to tell us all about their time here. Here are just a few examples of the work that was done.
September 10, 2014 — Crystal Fantry, Manager, Education Content
Thirty students from six different countries came together to explore their passion for programming and mathematics for two weeks in July, and the result was extraordinary! Each and every one of these students created a significant Wolfram Language project during the camp. Their projects and interests ranged from physics and mathematics to automotive engines to poker and blackjack.
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.
August 9, 2013 — Wolfram Blog Team
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.
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):
April 25, 2011 — Christopher Carlson, Senior User Interface Developer, User Interfaces
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…
April 4, 2011 — Christopher Carlson, Senior User Interface Developer, User Interfaces
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.
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.
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.