Wolfram and mathematica 10.0 are now both available for your raspberry pi. If you already have raspbian installed you can just install it like so
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wolfram-engine
The Wolfram language interface is the lightest to use. Just click on the icon and wait for the lxterminal window to open up.
What can you do with it you ask? For example… do you want to know if 13 is a wilson prime?
The formula I used in case you want to follow along is
or you can ask
is 13 a wilson prime
It’s that easy and fast!
Now if you want a graphical interface you can launch Mathematica, I will say it takes a while to fully load but its worth the wait!
Do you want to know what the 1,000,000 prime is? or the first half million digits of pi is?
Again if you are following along, the commands are
And if you really wanted to know what the millionth prime is, its 15,485,863
Mathematica is great for graphing and ploting data
Here is a simple plot for you to try.
Yes that’s a Echidnahedron if you are wondering.
Its also pretty easy to generate a Mandelbrot Set if you are so inclined.
You can download the Mathematica Mandelbrot notebook file here
More on the Mandelbrot set by Dr Holly Krieger from MIT can be seen on numberphile.
Mathematica can really be a lot of fun if you are into pure mathematics.
I think the partnership between Wolfram and The Raspberry Pi foundation is going to be very helpful for students in developing countries.
Bring on the math!
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