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  • Sage

    Sage is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It combines the power of many existing open-source packages into a common Python-based...

    • It can calculate many things symbolically and combines many other software packages. Guest • Apr 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Sage supports symbolic maths through Maxima vfricoDec 2016 • 4 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sage needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math. Guest • Jul 2015 • 3 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • GNU Octave

    Octave is a computer program for performing numerical computations which is mostly compatible with MATLAB. It is part of the GNU...

    • Octave needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math. Guest • Jul 2015 • 5 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • R (programming language)

    R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is a GNU project which is similar to the S language and environment which was developed at...

    • R is really only useful for statistics, and not even mathematical statistics. Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree

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    Enterprise-class computing environment and programming language for numerical computation.

    • MATLAB can do symbolic math but it's far less convenient Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Mathematica is not only for numerics, its for analysis, while Matlab is primarily for numerics. Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Mathematica is mainly a CAS (symbolic maths), but MATLAB is more for numeric analysis Guest • Dec 2016 • 12 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Both are comprehensive mathematics solutions, and have very similar features, as well as even both being commercial. snshepherdApr 2017 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Jupyter

    Open source, interactive data science and scientific computing across over 40 programming languages.

    • It can run python inline and do markup work all in one system. Can be worked via network and connected to via browser (including through phone) and set up to run distributed computing systems easily. Additionally it's open source and server side runs on most major operating systems. Guest • Oct 2019 Disagree   Agree

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  • Maxima

    Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary...

    • I'm a theoretical physicist and I can do almost al the math I need with Mxima Guest • Jun 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free. It is also smaller, so starts up fast. Runs on Android devices as well. Lot's of functionality, including symbolic and numerical operations. Symbolic operations are not as extensive as Mathematica, but adequate for many operations. Numeric operations are considerably slower than Mathematica, and numerically oriented apps such as R, Matlab or Octave. Guest • Aug 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It does support Symbolic math, but Matlab or Octave not vfricoDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Scilab

    Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications. Scilab is...

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  • Spyder

    Spyder (previously known as Pydee) is a free open-source Python development environment providing MATLAB-like features in a simple and light-weighted software, available...

    • It is a development environment for Python, not a symbolic math language/software. Guest • Oct 2019 Disagree   Agree

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  • Julia

    Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing, with syntax that is familiar to users of other technical computing...

    • It's an easy, powerful, really fast language which feels like a mix of Python and Ruby but runs like C. It comes with many mathematical functions, has a good stack of libraries for graphs (including Matplotlib as PyPlot) and can be used with the Jupyter Notebook. Still not at version 1.0, but already a great tool! Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree

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Mathematica Comments

Good app but...

Comment by NightHeron
about Mathematica · Nov 2012 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

The biggest problem with Mathematica, is that it's not an open source app. I don't mean it's a problem for the money that it needs to buy it, but if you want to watch the errors in one chaotic system you cannot see the source to understand (find) the function that it produces the errors. (Sorry for my bad english).

When i try to communicate with Wolfram to give me the source code for sth like that, they send me an e-mail which it was say "Its company property"

So i refuse to go on with mathetica..
Just a tool for amateurs, not for professionals.


Mathematica is a powerful piece of software, closed source or open. Not all applications are open-source, and you can't expect them to "give you" the source code. It is company property, and how else do you expect them to keep employees if they give away their source code for free? You should find some examples of the uses of Mathematica, it's quite useful. They also provide support for their product, as do most all software companies.

I’m agree with NightHeron there is no good reason in 2018 to use close source software. A company can exist with open-source product. It’s a shame universities promote this kind of software.