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.
September 6, 2012 — Michael Belcher, computerbasedmath.org
In November 2011 we held the first Computer-Based Math Education Summit in London. Over two days we brought an unprecedented cross-section of people with a stake in STEM education to address the question “In an era of ubiquitous computing, how should we rebuild math education from the ground up, to keep pace with and drive progress in the real world?”
Last year’s summit was a first glimpse at some of the work from the computer-based math community worldwide. The Computer-Based Math Education Summit 2012, again being held in London, will be tackling more of these issues in a mainstream way. If you want to have a stake in math education in 10 years’ time, this summit is unmissable.
August 21, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Did you know that we have more than 600 videos and screencasts that highlight (and help you get started with) different features of Mathematica and other Wolfram technologies?
You’ve probably seen a number of them across our websites or on our YouTube channels. But now, it’s easier than ever to explore the full collection—thanks to our newly redesigned Wolfram Screencast & Video Gallery.
August 10, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
At the last two annual Wolfram Technology Conferences, attendees have enjoyed amazing, and being amazed by, each other in the One-Liner Competition, which challenges participants to show us the most astounding things they can do with 140 characters or less of Mathematica code. And each time we have been surprised, inspired, and gratified by their creativity.
Now we’ve opened up the competition to you, and Mathematica users from around the world are sending us their submissions. In a Mathematica Experts Live broadcast on August 21, we’ll reveal the winner and runners-up of the competition, show you what they did, and explain how they did it. You’ll see applications you probably never thought possible, learn new Mathematica tricks and techniques, and have your socks blown off by elegant programming wizardry.
August 6, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Wolfram Research today announced the winner of its first Demonstrations competition as Michael Lawson from Ermysted’s Grammar School, North Yorkshire, with runners-up Patrick Stevens, Woodbridge School, Suffolk and David Harris, St. Dunstan’s College, London. Michael’s Demonstration, “Recursive Dungeon Generator,” was a particularly good showcase for applications of programming—in this instance, for game design.
“I was working on creating my own Rogue-like game, and I was experimenting with different ways to generate rooms. This was one of my own algorithm ideas,” said Michael, who, although he has been programming for four years, only started using Mathematica recently. “I actually only learned how to use Mathematica for the purpose of the competition. I started creating my demo after having only watched a few of the videos recommended for entrants, and then finished about four days later!”
All three of the winning entries are published on the Wolfram Demonstrations Project site alongside 8,000 other user-created programs.
- “Recursive Dungeon Generation”
- “Semitones In Pythagorean Tuning and 12 Tone Equal Temperament”
- “Sorting Algorithms”
The idea of the competition was to promote the application of programming in schools and support the UK government initiative to bring programming into schools.
July 17, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
It’s back! The only event in which Mathematica experts are live on camera to answer your questions: Mathematica Experts Live.
The first Mathematica Experts Live virtual event was such a popular success that we’re doing it again. Thank you for your feedback and suggestions. Many of you asked for help with dynamic interfaces, so this time Mathematica experts will answer questions about interactivity. We’ll be ready to answer questions similar to:
- How do you add a constraint to a Dynamic?
- My Dynamic is slow. How can I make it faster?
- What is the difference between Module and DynamicModule?
- How do you change the visual appearance of a button?
- How can I make custom controls?
Although the format is the same as before, this event will be 30 minutes longer. Our host will accept questions in real time and pass them to three of our user interface experts. You can also submit your question when you register for the event.
July 16, 2012 — Crystal Fantry, Manager, Education Content
Mathematica Summer Camp ran July 1–13 at Curry College. This year we had 22 high school students from all over the world who came together to learn Mathematica. By the end of camp, each student created his or her own Mathematica program, which they presented on Friday. They all worked hard to complete their projects in order to submit them to the Wolfram Demonstrations Project.
July 5, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
Before you know it, it’ll be October and time for the Wolfram Technology Conference 2012. We thought you’d be interested in finding out more about some of the things we’re doing this year.
First, we’re offering a social networking and personalized schedule-building tool for all registered attendees. You can connect with your fellow attendees, arrange meetings with Wolfram staff and other participants, create your schedule, and rate talks and share comments throughout the conference. Feel free to dive right in and create your own profile.
June 11, 2012 — Wolfram Blog Team
We are excited to announce the first Wolfram SystemModeler Virtual Conference, to be held Tuesday, June 19.
SystemModeler is a complete modeling and simulation tool that handles modeling of systems with mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical, biological, and other components, as well as combinations of different types of components.
May 23, 2012 — Stephen Wolfram
Today I’m excited to be able to announce that our company is moving into yet another new area: large-scale system modeling. Last year, I wrote about our plans to initiate a new generation of large-scale system modeling. Now we are taking a major step in that direction with the release of Wolfram SystemModeler.
SystemModeler is a very general environment that handles modeling of systems with mechanical, electrical, thermal, chemical, biological, and other components, as well as combinations of different types of components. It’s based—like Mathematica—on the very general idea of representing everything in symbolic form.
In SystemModeler, a system is built from a hierarchy of connected components—often assembled interactively using SystemModeler‘s drag-and-drop interface. Internally, what SystemModeler does is to derive from its symbolic system description a large collection of differential-algebraic and other equations and event specifications—which it then solves using powerful built-in hybrid symbolic-numeric methods. The result of this is a fully computable representation of the system—that mirrors what an actual physical version of the system would do, but allows instant visualization, simulation, analysis, or whatever.
Here’s an example of SystemModeler in action—with a 2,685-equation dynamic model of an airplane being used to analyze the control loop for continuous descent landings: