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Date Archive: 2012 February

Announcements & Events

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Wolfram Research

I get to show off the power of Wolfram|Alpha, Mathematica, and our other technologies to lots of interesting people, but last Friday was more interesting than usual, as David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, came to our European headquarters. [caption id="attachment_9824" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron with Conrad Wolfram"][/caption] We have been growing consistently, and our UK location finally ran out of room for the extra staff that we were hiring, so we built a brand new set of offices on a former film studio site (I am told an underwater scene from one of the Superman movies was filmed under my office location). The Prime Minister came to perform the official opening.

Mathematica Q&A Series: CDF Embedding in a Nutshell

Got questions about Mathematica? The Wolfram Blog has answers! We'll regularly answer selected questions from users around the web. You can submit your question directly to the Q&A Team. This week's question comes from Tom, a teacher who wants to post his lessons online: How can I use CDF to include Mathematica content on web pages? Read below or watch this screencast for the answer (we recommend viewing it in full-screen mode): We're being asked this question more and more, and I am really glad to see how quickly the Computable Document Format (CDF) is being adopted. Whether you want to deliver your CDF content on your website or blog or as a desktop application, Mathematica 8.0.4 makes it quick and easy with a new CDF Web Deployment Wizard.
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Announcing the Mathematica Summer Camp 2012

Are you looking for a great way to spend your summer? We are happy to announce the Mathematica Summer Camp 2012! Held at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, students will have the opportunity to learn Mathematica’s language, apply their skills in other disciplines, and program their very own Wolfram Demonstrations! Students will also work individually and in groups to hone their Mathematica skills.
Announcements & Events

A Preview of CDF on iPad

For 22 years, Wolfram Research has been developing technology to allow subject matter experts to bring their ideas and documents to life with interactivity. This week, as part of his keynote at the O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, Theodore Gray, Co-founder of Wolfram Research and Founder of Touch Press, gave the first demonstration of how we're bringing the full power of our publishing systems to mobile devices. Here's a video excerpt of his announcement of the Computable Document Format (CDF) for iPad:
Announcements & Events

Apply for the 10th Annual Wolfram Science Summer School

The Wolfram Science Summer School (formerly the NKS Summer School) is now accepting applications for its 10th season, to be held June 25–July 13, 2012, at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, United States. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to get involved with original research at the frontiers of science. Our participants come from diverse backgrounds but share a common passion to discover and explore cutting-edge ideas. Over the past ten years, participants have included graduate students, undergraduates, professors, industry professionals, artists, and even a few exceptional high-school students.
Computation & Analysis

Launching a Democratization of Data Science

It’s a sad but true fact that most data that’s generated or collected—even with considerable effort—never gets any kind of serious analysis. But in a sense that’s not surprising. Because doing data science has always been hard. And even expert data scientists usually have to spend lots of time wrangling code and data to do […]

Announcements & Events

Announcing Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Today I’m excited to be able to announce the launch of Wolfram|Alpha Pro—the biggest single step in the development of Wolfram|Alpha since its original introduction. Over the two and a half years since we first launched, Wolfram|Alpha has been growing rapidly in content and capabilities. But today’s introduction of Wolfram|Alpha Pro in effect adds a […]

Computation & Analysis

Happy 10*9*8+7+6-5+4*321 !

I was amazed to see this tweet from our friends at the Museum of Mathematics:

10*9*8+7+6-5+4*321Happy New Year!

— Museum of Math (@MoMath1) January 3, 2012 A quick check with Mathematica verified that, yes indeed, 10*9*8+7+6-5+4*321 = 2012. Wow! How in the world did anyone discover that rare factoid? And how long will it be until another year arrives that can be similarly expressed? That's the sort of question that's so easy to answer with Mathematica that I couldn't not have a look. It turns out that what seemed to me like a rare jewel is as common as dirt. In fact, there is only one year in the next 100 that can't be expressed by interspersing +, -, *, /, or nothing between the numbers in order from 10 to 1! In subsequent correspondence with George Hart, the museum's Chief of Content, he told me that he learned the idea from Hans Havermann, who wrote about it in a blog post last year. I've discovered what he had up his sleeve: abundant computing.