Last month, Wolfram Research released Mathematica 8. Swarthmore ITS has the new edition available for download for faculty, staff, and students here:
Download Mathematica 8 (Swarthmore username and password required). We have versions for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.
From Wolfram’s website, here are the top 8 reasons to upgrade:
- Enter your queries in plain English using new free-form linguistic input
- Access more than 10 trillion sets of curated, up-to-date, and ready-to-use data
- Import all your data using a wider array of import/export formats
- Use the broadest statistics and data visualization capabilities on the market
- Choose from a full suite of engineering tools, such as wavelets and control systems
- Use more powerful image processing and analysis capabilities
- Create interactive tools for rapid exploration of your ideas
- Develop faster and more powerful applications
Mathematica 8’s free-form input is a new way to interact with Mathematica. For example, typing
= sum integers from 1 to 100
= factor -2 a+2 x+a x-x^2+a x^2-x^3
(a -x) (-1 + x) (2 + x)
For the folks interested in higher performance, Mathematica is GPU enabled using CUDA or OpenCL. It is also possible to compile your programs to C code.
For the social sciences, Mathematica has better statistical and financial charting along with the ability to access public data sets. For example, you can get weather or census information from a single line Mathematica code.