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[News] Free Software in Mathematics and Eigenlabs Introduction

  • Subject: [News] Free Software in Mathematics and Eigenlabs Introduction
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 23:16:05 +0100
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Open Source Mathematics

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| So far, attribution hasn't really been a problem, 
| since everyone who contributes is acknowledged - for 
| example through the discussions around the code. 
| Similarly, preservation is dealt with through the 
| tools for source code management and the discussion 
| lists. But there are crucial questions of long-term 
| preservation - not least for historical purposes - 
| which are not really being addressed, even by the 
| longest-established open projects like GNU.


Eigenlabs to open source new music control protocol and API

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| Eigenlabs is a start-up company founded by John 
| Lambert in 2001 and based in Devon UK. In an 
| interview on the Create Digital Music blog, Lambert 
| said of the Eigenlabs software that it's "written in 
| a mixture of C++ and Python. Itâs quite scary code, 
| but very clean and pretty, with little âcruftâ. I 
| think the open source community are going to have 
| fun with it. Its a big system too, 8 years of R&D in 
| one huge release. I donât think that thereâs been 
| anything quite like this open sourced before in the 
| music world â it is a bit as if Logic or Ableton 
| were GPLâd tomorrow."



The math education revolution

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| Or consider SageMath. This is a GPL program that
| aims to replicate pricey programs like Mathematica
| and Matlab, using an interface derived from open
| source Python.
| What this delivers is transparency. Teachers and
| even kids can make additions to SageMath, learning
| Python in the process, and these improvements too
| go into a commons.


Technology in Mathematics Education - Panel

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| I personally feel it is terrible to *train* students mainly to use closed
| source commercial mathematics software. This is analogous to teaching
| students some weird version of linear algebra or calculus where they have to
| pay a license fee each time they use the fundamental theorem of calculus or
| compute a determinant.


Sage 3.0.2 Review

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| To conclude, I'd say that this software is suited to meet numerous needs, and
| not just those related to math and school. It may very well be used, for
| instance, to satisfy one's curiosity regarding a particular aspect, or it
| could be a great help for graphical developers who need a quick look at a
| certain function's 3D plot.



PCLinuxOS Repositories now include SAGE Math

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| While SAGE Math is intended for Mathematical, Scientific, and Engineering
| use, I applaud PCLinuxOS for including this important open source software in
| its repositories.


Sage: Insights into open source technology

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| SAGE, which stands for Software for Algebra and Geometry Experimentation, is
| basically a free, high-level calculator.
| Like Firefox is an alternative to Internet explorer and Wikipedia is an
| alternative to Encyclopedia Britannica, SAGE is an alternative to Magma,
| Maple, Mathematica and MATLAB, according to the SAGE Web site.

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