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Re: [Axiom-developer] Trusting computer algebra systems
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Juan Luis Varona Malumbres |
Subject: |
Re: [Axiom-developer] Trusting computer algebra systems |
Date: |
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:13:34 +0000 |
Dear Tim,
(Sorry for my English)
Thanks a lot for your message.
I heard about Axiom for the first time in 1994, when Andrew Tonks gave a talk
about Axiom in my University.
But I use Mac computers and Axiom was not available for them.
Actually, I have seen today in
http://axiom-developer.org/axiom-website/download.html
that a mac version has been released in August 2014.
(although http://axiom-developer.org/axiom-website/faq.html does not mention a
Mac version)
I have downloaded it and try to use it as a terminal binary.
But it has been impossible for me to do anything. I have used some of the binary
files in MACOSX/bin and I have gotten only errors.
For instance (I copy and paste):
----
/Users/jvarona/Downloads/axiom/mnt/MACOSX/bin/axiom
AXIOM variable is not set
assuming AXIOM = /usr/local/axiom/mnt/linux
The directory for Axiom, /usr/local/axiom/mnt/linux, does not exist.
Goodbye.
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or
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/Users/jvarona/Downloads/axiom/mnt/MACOSX/bin/AXIOMsys
This function is obsolete -- use SET-STARTING-HOLE-DIVISOR instead
AXIOM Computer Algebra System
Version: Axiom (August 2014)
Timestamp: Monday July 28, 2014 at 04:12:34
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Issue )copyright to view copyright notices.
Issue )summary for a summary of useful system commands.
Issue )quit to leave AXIOM and return to shell.
Visit http://axiom-developer.org for more information
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> System error:
Cannot open the file /Users/daly/axiom/mnt/MACOSX/algebra/interp.daase.
>> System error:
The tag |top_level| is undefined.
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In any case, to use Axiom in terminal mode is, of course, much more ugly and
much more complicate than to use a program with a GUI interface.
I have read in axiom web about the use of a browser as GUI (similar to sage, I
suppose). Is it already available?
Yours,
Juan Luis
> Gentlemen,
>
> I'm Tim Daly, lead developer on Axiom, an open source computer algebra
> system.
>
> I just finished reading your paper "The Misfortunes of a Trio of
> Mathematicians Using Computer Algebra Systems. Can We Trust in Them?"
>
> You mentioned the "black box" aspect of Mathematica and Maple.
> I wonder if you've tried using Axiom which is fully open source.
> http://axiom-developer.org
>
> I will try to decode the MMA notebooks you posted so I can run
> your examples in Axiom.
>
> Tim
--
Juan Luis Varona
address@hidden
http://www.unirioja.es/cu/jvarona/