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Date Archive: 2012 November

Announcements & Events

Mathematica 9 Is Released Today!

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 […]

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Now Playing: Wolfram Technology Conference 2012 Videos

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.
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Wolfram Innovator Awards 2012

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
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Code Length Measured in 14 Languages

Update: See our latest post on How the Wolfram Language Measures Up. I stumbled upon a nice project called Rosetta Code. Their stated aim is "to present solutions to the same task in as many different languages as possible, to demonstrate how languages are similar and different, and to aid a person with a grounding in one approach to a problem in learning another." After amusing myself by contributing a few solutions (Flood filling, Mean angle, and Sum digits of an integer being some of mine), I realized that the data hidden in the site provided an opportunity to quantify a claim that I have often made over the years—that Mathematica code tends to be shorter than equivalent code in other languages. This is due to both its high-level nature and built-in computational knowledge. Here is what I found. Mathematica code is typically less than a third of the length of the same tasks written in other languages, and often much better.
Education & Academic

Wolfram Research and American Education Week

This week is American Education Week (November 11–17), and in a very fundamental way, our goal as a company is to improve educational standards and accessibility around the world with our technology. For over 20 years, Wolfram Research has been at the forefront of combining technology with education. It started with Mathematica and grew with Wolfram|Alpha, mobile apps, the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, Wolfram SystemModeler, and much more. From simple elementary math to highly complex physics, Wolfram's tools are used not only around the nation, but around the whole world. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of Mathematica. Today, Mathematica is a staple at both research universities and smaller liberal arts colleges. In fact, Mathematica has been adopted by many school systems throughout the country, including SUNY, CUNY, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU). We've partnered with MnSCU to make Mathematica available to Minnesota public high schools through an outreach program. And the government of Panama, having recognized the importance of investing in its future, has recently focused on teaching Mathematica to professors, researchers, and students in all computer-accessible high schools and universities countrywide.
Education & Academic

Join The Computer-Based Math™ Education Forum

The computerbasedmath.org community has been growing steadily since the project first started in 2010. Several thousand of you have signed up to show your support, share your ideas, and help spread the word. The Computer-Based Math™ Education Summit has been a great tool for bringing the community together, but we wanted a central hub where the community can gather more than just once a year. So we've launched the The Computer-Based Math Education Forum. Whatever your background, join the conversation and share your experiences.
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Developing Light Microscopy Techniques with Mathematica

For Daniel Zicha, head of Light Microscopy at Cancer Research UK, Mathematica is the ultimate tool for biomedical research because it's "quick to develop and then quick to test and visualize the results conveniently and interactively." Zicha uses Mathematica in the development of light microscopy techniques as well as in collaborative research in applications of image processing and analysis methods. Within his collaborative research work in the area of metastasis, Zicha's use of Mathematica to visualize and qualitatively analyze cell morphology led to the discovery of a novel metastasis suppressor. In this video, he describes Mathematica's role in the project and the advantages of having one environment for rapid prototyping, qualitative analysis, and interactive visualization.