Computer Algebra

  • Chris. A. Cole
  • Stephen Wolfram
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 70)


Computers are commonly used in theoretical physics investigations to obtain numerical results. These notes discuss instead the use of computers in the algebraic manipulation of expressions containing symbolic parameters. They outline the structure and operation of the new symbolic manipulation computer program SMP. [SMP was designed by the authors, and developed in collaboration with G. Fox, E. Mjolsness, L. Romans and T. Shaw, with contributions from S. Rabin and A. Terrano. A full description of SMP is given in Ref. 1.]


Computer Algebra Direct Monte Carlo Simulation Float Point Number Symbolic Manipulation Expression 4a2b 
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    C. Cole, S. Wolfram, et al., “SMP Handbook,” Caltech preprint,in preparation.Google Scholar
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    A. Hearn: “REDUCE 2 User’s Manual,” Univ. of Utah report UCP-19 (1973); J. Comp. Phys. 5, 280 (1970).Google Scholar
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    MIT Mathlab group, “MACSYMA Reference Manual,” MIT 1977.Google Scholar
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    J. Fitch, “CAMAL User’s Manual,” Cambridge University report (1977).Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris. A. Cole
    • 1
  • Stephen Wolfram
    • 1
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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