Mathematica has, at long last, returned to the Mac. Wolfram Research has released Mathematica 4.1 for Mac OS X, and the company claims to have taken extensive advantage of Mac OS Xis strengths and capabilities. From Wolfram Research:
Mathematica for Mac OS X is now shipping. This fully native version of Mathematica for Mac OS X from Wolfram Research, Inc. offers users significant speed gains and vastly improved stability compared to running Mathematica on earlier Macintosh operating systems.
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. "Mathematica for Mac OS X behaves beautifully. Itis efficient, purposeful software...certainly one of the worldis greatest applications, running on the greatest platform available. The product reminds one of a sleek Russian mink," says Richard Crandall, Apple Distinguished Scientist.
"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. Mac OS X is the first true workstation operating system deployed as a personal-computer operating system," says Theodore Gray, cofounder of Wolfram Research and chief architect of the Mathematica user interface.
"We have been running Mathematica for Mac OS X internally for three years now and have worked closely with Apple to optimize its performance," adds Gray. "Mathematica 4.1 running on Mac OS X has the makings of a remarkable environment for scientific computing. It is a no-compromise combination of speed, stability, capability, and ease."
Mathematica is the system that top professionals in industry, research, and education turn to when they need to perform demanding calculations. Mathematica 4.1, the current release, includes greatly enhanced symbolic differential equation solvers and dramatic speed increases for statistical functions.
Professionals are not the only ones who use Mathematica. Like the Macintosh, Mathematica is popular in schools and on college campuses around the world. Students in engineering, mathematics, and other technical fields use Mathematica to expand their knowledge and to do their most serious number crunching. With Mathematica running on Mac OS X, they will be able to use the latest in Apple technology to make the most of their educational opportunities.
You can find more information on Mathematica at the companyis Web site.