February 11, 2013 — Conrad Wolfram, Director of Strategic & International Development
I’m very excited to announce that computerbasedmath.org has found the first country ready for our completely new kind of math education: it’s Estonia. (…and here’s the press release).
I thought Estonia could be first. They are very active on using technology (first to publish cabinet decisions immediately online, first to include programming in their mainstream curriculum), have ambition to improve their (already well respected) STEM aptitude and lack the dogma and resistance to change of many larger countries. There aren’t so many countries with all those characteristics.
In our first Estonia project we will work with them to rewrite key years of school probability and statistics from scratch. This is an area that’s just crazy to do without a computer, even harmful. It’s an area that’s only come to the fore since computers because it only makes sense with lots of data. No-one in real life does these hand analyses or works with only 5 data points, so why do we make our students? Why get students emulating what computers do so much better (computing) rather than concentrate on imaginative thinking, analysis and problem-solving that students ought to be able to do so much better even than today’s computers?
December 17, 2012 — Stephen Wolfram
I was just in New York City for the grand opening of the National Museum of Mathematics. Yes, there is now a National Museum of Mathematics, right in downtown Manhattan. And it’s really good—a unique and wonderful place. Which I’m pleased to say I’ve been able to help in various ways in bringing into existence over the past 3 years.
Of all companies, ours is probably the one that has been most involved in bringing math to the world (Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, Wolfram Demonstrations Project, MathWorld, Computer-Based Math, Wolfram Foundation, …). And for a long time I’ve thought how nice it would be if there were a substantial, physical, “museum of mathematics” somewhere. But until recently I’d sort of assumed that if such a thing were going to exist, I’d have to be the one to make it happen.
A little more than 3 years ago, though, my older daughter picked out of my mail a curious folding geometrical object—which turned out to be an invitation to an event about the creation of a museum of mathematics. At first, it wasn’t clear what kind of museum this was supposed to be. But as soon as we arrived at the event, it started to be much clearer: this was “math as physical experience”. With the centerpiece of the event, for example, being a square-wheeled tricycle that one could ride on a cycloidal “road”—a mathematical possibility that, as it happens, was the subject of some early Mathematica demonstrations.
December 5, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Curious about Mathematica 9? You can see it in action in three free online events. Our experts will introduce you to new features in usability, computation, data manipulation, and visualization. Live Q&A sessions during each event will give you a chance to ask questions.
- Predictive Interface and Units: December 10, 1–2pm EST
Get a look at the new interface paradigm and systemwide units support. Our experts will demonstrate the next-computation Suggestions Bar, context-sensitive Input Assistant, and units features, from unit conversion to dimensional analysis.
- Social Networks and Data Science: December 12, 1–2:30pm EST
Learn about Mathematica 9′s new social network analysis capabilities with built-in access to social media data, plus other graphs and networks enhancements and new computational features in data science, such as reliability, survival analysis, and random processes.
- Data Manipulation and Visualization: December 14, 1–2:30pm EST
Get the scoop on new features for image and signal processing, interactive gauges, legends for plots and charts, and integrating with R directly from our experts.
November 28, 2012 — Stephen Wolfram
I’m excited to be able to announce that today we’re releasing Mathematica 9—and it’s big! A whole array of new ideas and new application areas… and major advances along a great many algorithmic frontiers.
Next year Mathematica will be 25 years old (and all sorts of festivities are planned!). And in that quarter century we’ve just been building and building. The core principles that we began with have been validated over and over again. And with them we’ve created a larger and larger stack of technology, that allows us to do more and more, and reach further and further.
From the beginning, our goal has been an ambitious one: to cover and automate every area of computational and algorithmic work. Having built the foundations of the Mathematica language, we started a quarter century ago attacking core areas of mathematics. And over the years since then, we have been expanding outward at an ever-increasing pace, conquering one area after another.
As with Wolfram|Alpha, we’ll never be finished. But as the years go by, the scope of what we’ve done becomes more and more immense. And with Mathematica 9 today we are taking yet another huge step.
So what’s new in Mathematica 9? Lots and lots of important things. An amazing range—something for almost everyone. And actually just the very size of it already represents an important challenge. Because as Mathematica grows bigger and bigger, it becomes more and more difficult for one to grasp everything that’s in it.
November 20, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Wolfram technology users from around the world gathered in our headquarter city last month for another successful Wolfram Technology Conference. Attendees got exclusive access to the latest information about our emerging technologies and gained insights from colleagues who shared innovative ways of using Wolfram products.
A selection of videos from the conference is now available on YouTube. Check them out to see some of the creative applications our users have developed, including a high-level interface to MIDI sound, an innovative way to solve a Rubik’s Cube from pictures, and a route finding system… just to name a few.
November 19, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Stephen Wolfram presented the second annual Wolfram Innovator Awards at the 2012 Wolfram Technology Conference to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to their industry or field of science. Nominated by Wolfram employees and selected by a panel of Wolfram technology experts, this year’s winners are:
- Craig W. Carter, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT
- Robert B. Nachbar, Mathematician, Chemist, and Biologist at Merck Research Laboratories
- Thomas Roux, Financial Risk Manager at BRED Banque Populaire
- Rubén Berrocal and Marisa Talavera, National Secretary for Science and Technology and Director of Innovation in Learning (respectively), Panama Government
- Richard Anderson, Computer Scientist
- Fred Szabo, Mathematics and Statistics Professor, Concordia University
October 10, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
The recent Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Conference was a tremendous success! The free event included two tracks of talks covering applications of Mathematica in industry and research and in education, Q&A with experts, and access to virtual networking.
From building graphics and dynamic visualizations to learning creative ways for using the Computable Document Format (CDF) in the classroom, attendees of all experience levels gained new insights to help them get the most out of the Mathematica platform.
October 4, 2012 — Todd Rowland, Academic Director, Wolfram Science Summer School
The release of A New Kind of Science in 2002 generated all sorts of excitement, which was reflected at our first Summer School in 2003. Since then, the projects students worked on have been closely related to the book, but this year marked a change, with an increased scope and a new name: Wolfram Science Summer School.
September 20, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Mathematica users around the world answered our call to prove their programming prowess in our recent Mathematica Experts Live: One-Liner Competition. And once again, we were blown away by what our users did with just 140 characters or less of Mathematica code.
Check them out to see the creative applications the honorees came up with: from transforming a sphere into a cow to random sound generators to a world capitals quiz to the highly impressive grand prize winner. You’re sure to learn some new Mathematica tricks and techniques from each entry.
September 13, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Get an edge in everything from computer graphics to deploying interactive reports to using Wolfram|Alpha in the classroom. Whether you’re new to Mathematica or an expert, the free Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Conference 2012 will help you get the most out of the platform.
Two tracks of conference talks cover applications of Mathematica in industry and research and in education. Each talk includes a live Q&A session.