Mathematica Reviews

Closed source mathematics

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The main problem with mathematica is that it is not open-source. Ask the software for results and you'll get some, but don't ask how can you arrive to that result because that is inside the blackbox of their company property. This is contrary to the spirit of mathematics. Proof and explanation are required for claims to be accepted, it's not enough to say "computed using Mathematica".

This is like saying that my mathematical calculations are incorrect because I used a calculator to compute some things rather than doing it by hand. You still have the code that you put into Mathematica, much the same way you still have the numbers you entered into the calculator. As such, Mathematica is merely a very powerful calculator.