Wolfram Computation Meets Knowledge

Date Archive: 2008 July

Announcements & Events

Going Wordless at the Advanced Mathematica Summer School

No, not a vow of silence, but rather, some suggestions about how to move documents from Microsoft Word into Mathematica. A number of us Wolfram Research staffers contributed to our recent Summer School effort by sharing mentoring duties. In my case I worked with Richard Werthamer, a physicist who is publishing a book on the science of casino gambling strategies. His project includes programs verifying his research, and he’s eager to translate them into Mathematica in order to exploit all the new dynamics and plotting features of Version 6. At the same time, he quite naturally wants to move his existing manuscript into Mathematica notebook form to deliver a computable document, combining text and interactive Mathematica content distributable on the Mathematica Player platform. Richard’s situation is pretty common. He prepared his manuscript with MS Word, and a great new feature delivered in Mathematica 6.0.3 allows for the exchange of MathML on the clipboard with MS Word 2007 straight “out of the box”. In other words, after creating a formula in Word using its new native math typesetting system, simply select the formula, copy, then switch to Mathematica to paste into a notebook.
Computation & Analysis

Word Play with Mathematica

Here in Champaign-Urbana, where Roger Ebert was raised, I took notice when Disney announced the end of its long relationship with Ebert & Roeper. Disney also announced the replacement critics, Lyons & Mankiewicz. Was there something intentional in that? A quick run on my Mathematica programs returned this anagram: Lyons + Mankiewicz = Monica Lewinsky + Z Did Disney do this deliberately? Words sometimes have hidden meaning. For over 30 years, I've been sharing puzzles with Will Shortz. Many of these I've found with Mathematica, such as computer user = supreme court, and Will has used them in his weekly NPR puzzle segment. Anagrams have of course been popular for many years. A 1936 tour de force by David Shulman is a sonnet where every line uses the letters of “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” The National Puzzlers League maintains a list of best anagrams. Also, anagrammy.com regularly ranks new anagrams as they are found. Here are some good ones:

A Demonstrations Project Update

As the project coordinator for the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, I’ve seen a lot of new exciting features we’ve been working on come to fruition recently and I want to tell you about them. I hear from a lot of our users, and want to let you know that we are listening to you and working on features that will make communicating your ideas, sharing your work and learning about Demonstrations even easier. And trust me, even more features are coming! Here are some of the most recent updates we’ve made to the Wolfram Demonstrations Project.
Announcements & Events

Return of the NKS Summer School

I am lucky enough to find time to blog again about the NKS Summer School. Every year is different (see last year’s post), but some things remain the same. Everyone is very active: students doing homework and developing their projects, the instructors helping them and giving lectures and Stephen Wolfram advising students and doing live experiments. As Yoda said, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” Other sayings appropriate to our task: “Never give up, never surrender,” and “If you fall off a cliff, you might as well try to fly.” We are always doing something new at the Summer School, often using the latest features of Mathematica, but there is an intrinsic difference this time. We have more students and more instructors than ever before, which makes this brand of intense science even more intense.