Mathematica for Mac OS X shipping

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Mathematica for Mac OS X is now shipping from Wolfram Research. This fully native version of Mathematica offers users significant speed gains and vastly improved stability compared to running Mathematica on earlier Mac operating systems, according to Theodore Gray, co-founder of Wolfram Research and chief architect of the Mathematica user interface.

Mathematica users and industry insiders have eagerly anticipated the release of this version, one of the first serious technical applications to take full advantage of the extensive new features and technological advances in Mac OS X, Gray said.

"The Mach 3.0 kernel and Unix-like foundation of Mac OS X allow this version of Mathematica to far surpass older Macintosh versions of Mathematica in speed, scalability, and the ability to handle calculations requiring open-ended amounts of memory," he added. "Mac OS X is the first true workstation operating system deployed as a personal-computer operating system. We have been running Mathematica for Mac OS X internally for three years now and have worked closely with Apple to optimize its performance."

Mathematica is one of the five biggest scientific offerings for computers for the sciences. And it will be featured in a "Science Education" segment at January's Macworld San Francisco. Mathematica is widely used by engineers, scientists and researchers to perform a wide range of technical computing tasks. Mathematica provides an integrated environment for numeric and symbolic calculation; visualization; and programming.

Plus, like the Mac, Mathematica is popular in schools and on college campuses. Students in engineering, mathematics and other technical fields use Mathematica to expand their knowledge and to do their "serious" number crunching, Gray said.

The suggested retail price for Mathematica for Mac OS X is US$1,495 for commercial licenses in the USA and Canada. Upgrade, academic, network, and site license discounts are available. For more info, cruise on over to the Wolfram Web site.

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