Re: [dev] a suckless computer algebra system

From: Anselm R Garbe <>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 18:39:04 +0000

2009/11/20 Kris Maglione <>:
> On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 02:23:35PM -0600, A.J. Gardner wrote:
>> I'm interested in math and CASs, but my opinions on available software
>> are ill-formed and mostly ignorant. Does anyone else here have an
>> interest in this topic, broadly speaking? If so, do you have any
>> preferences for one package over another? Have you found any math
>> software that seem to follow the worse-is-better design model?
> Don't be silly. There's nothing like a "suckless" CAS, at least nothing
> remotely approaching the simplicity of software. Computer
> algebra and calculus are complex and computationally intensive. They can't
> (and arguably shouldn't) be simplified beyond a point.

Why not? I think it should be possible to have very minimalist and
specialized CAS', they managed to do that in the 50s and 60s, why not

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