Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mathematica: 88.18% off!

What do you get for the mathematician hobbyist who has everything except a  Mathematica license? How about a  Mathematica license?

Wolfram research has started selling a "Home Edition" of Mathematica for $295, which ain't pocket change, but it's a darn sight cheaper than the commercial retail price of $2495 (which is what we professional's pay). The thing is, the Home Edition is EXACTLY the same as the commercial version (with the exception of 64-bit functionality), not some watered down Mathematica-Lite. (I'm looking at Mathematica Player.)

Since I happen to know there is a strong correlation among my readers of math-geeks and music-geeks, here is something to make both hemispheres happy.

"Science of Zombies" on NPR's Science Friday

In case you missed this, Ira Flato's guest on October 30 was Dr. Steven Schlozman, who discussed the neurobiology of "Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome" (i.e. zombies). You can download a recording or read the transcript. Enjoy!

(The picture above is from Skulls in the Star's post, "Zombies for Romney.")