Mathematica 2.1

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Wolfram Mathematica is a software system with built-in libraries for several areas of technical computing that allow machine learningstatisticssymbolic computation, manipulating matrices, plotting functions and various types of data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other programming languages. It was conceived by Stephen Wolfram, and is developed by Wolfram Research. The Wolfram Language is the programming language used in Mathematica.

It is split into two parts: the kernel and the front end. The kernel interprets expressions (Wolfram Language code) and returns result expressions, which can then be displayed by the front end. The original front end, was designed by Theodore Gray in 1988 and consists of a notebook interface for creation and editing of notebook documents that can contain code, plaintext, images, and graphics.

NeXT computers were delivered with Mathematica pre-installed, our copy is Version 2.1

Mathematica 2.1   |   June 1992

  • Upgrade of contour plotting algorithm
  • Unix WSTP (Wolfram Symbolic Transfer Protocol) enhancements and documentation
  • WSTP (Wolfram Symbolic Transfer Protocol) for Macintosh
  • QuickTime animations for Macintosh version
  • Support for Windows 3.1
  • Unix and PC thin-version installation for reduced memory usage
  • New packages added in areas such as nonlinear fitting, binary file manipulation, Dirac delta functions and sound synthesis

Mathematica 2.0   |   January 1991 (first major update)

  • Numerical ordinary differential equation solver
  • Numerical compiler
  • Linear algebra improvements
  • Implementation of Risch algorithm for Integrate
  • Symbolic ordinary differential equation solver
  • Series extended to many special functions
  • ParametricPlot3D added
  • Many extra embellishments for graphics
  • Improved hidden-surface elimination for 3D graphics
  • Many string and file operations
  • WSTP (Wolfram Symbolic Transfer Protocol) protocol for interprocess and network-based communication
  • Sound support
  • Support of foreign character sets
  • Error detection and debugging
  • Notebook front end

Platform: NeXTcube or NeXTstation

               NeXTSTEP 2.0

Application Software (AS:) Maths

Version: 2.1 1992

Platform : NeXT
Format : Disk 3.5
Publisher : Wolfram Research
Authors : Theodore Gray
Date : 1992
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Mathematica 2.1 Wolfram Research NeXT Disk 3.5 1992

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