Ny Teknik Review Gives Mathematica 4 Five Stars
October 16, 1999--In their recent review, the leading Swedish technical
journal Ny Teknik (New Technology in English) found
Mathematica 4 to be "impressive and fast" and gave the technical
computing program five stars, their highest rating. According to Daniel
Frost, the Ny Teknik test pilot, "Mathematics on a computer becomes
beautiful in Mathematica."
"The programmability together with the capacity in Mathematica
means that there really are no limits to what can be done....The program
covers the whole distance from idea to visualization to simulation," says
Frost, referring to Mathematica's built-in programming language and
the ability to interface with both the kernel, where the "heavy logic" sits,
and the front end, the graphical user interface and interpreter "that sits
between the kernel and the user."
The reviewer was most impressed with the ways in which
Mathematica has been optimized, its much faster speed in doing pure
numeric analysis, and its ability to do simulations. "The increased numerics
performance means that you don't need a dedicated program for simulations,
but this works just fine to run them in Mathematica."
Another new feature of Mathematica mentioned in the Ny
Teknik review is the ability to save and export documents directly into
many different standard formats, including HTML, MathML, TeX, and LaTeX.
"The increased capabilities for creating web documents and numeric
performance enhancements together with the already excellent word
processing features means that it is in fact enough with just
Mathematica for document creation."
Overall, Ny Teknik said, "It is hard not to be impressed by this
program....a very solid package with good expansion capabilities."
See the complete Swedish review in Ny Teknik 1999 (40).