Such a long long time since I last posted! Very poor blogging etiquette. Anyway, to break the drought, here’s news of the best thing to come my way in the last six months – fully featured Maxima running on Android (this screenshot from its website):
At a conference I attended late last year, sponsored by calculator companies, the Maple reps (both of whom I knew), claimed that calculators were an old-fashioned outmoded technology, especially now that with smartphones, ipods etc, you can have access to the Internet in your pocket (Wolfram Alpha, anybody)? I still think there’s a lot to be said though for a device which you can use independently of a network, and in fact I believe most calculator users use very little of their functionality. How many CAS calculator users, I wonder, program on or with their machines?
But now here’s a fully featured, mature CAS running on a portable device – the first such one, as far as I know. There are in fact other CAS’s available for portable systems: PocketCAS, Mathomatic, Yacas (which I’ve written about before), no doubt others. None of them, as far as I can tell, work particularly well, or are in any way complete. It doesn’t take long before you run up against a wall of something they are unable to do.
So I see Maxima as being the first complete portable CAS – and I’m delighted to see it on Android. It works fine on a smartphone, and is quite wonderful on a tablet.
Its home page is here.