[plt-scheme] Re: DrScheme as alternative to Matlab

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Tue Aug 11 19:21:56 EDT 2009

On Aug 11, 2009, at 7:01 PM, Jason wrote:

> ...and isn't it also true that lisp/scheme is a good place for
> symbolic algebra?

Lisp was used as an implementation language for several widely known  
symbolic-algebra packages. You could even use Lisp to 'script' (that  
wasn't the term then) these packages. BUT the packages were languages  
in their own right and lived at a different level. As Mathematica and  
Mathcad and Matlab demonstrate, there is no inherent connection, it  
just makes life simpler. (Now you may ask why people switched to  
different implementation languages. One answer is people's ignore and  
preference for difficult lives.)

-- Matthias

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