Date: Feb 2, 2013 1:15 AM
Author: Daniel Lichtblau
Subject: Re: Mathematica and Lisp
On Thursday, January 31, 2013 7:46:19 PM UTC-6, John Doty wrote:
> On Tuesday, January 22, 2013 2:40:17 AM UTC-5, Richard Fateman wrote:
> > If I were using a computer to do something that required correct answers
> > for, say, life safety, like building a bridge, I would follow WRI's
> > advice and not use Mathematica.
> I use Mathematica in the creation of designs for space flight hardware
> But, of course, I don't *only* use Mathematica. It's most useful for
> exploring ideas ahead of detailed analysis with more specialized software.
> But in my business counting on unverified calculation, regardless of the
> source, is asking for trouble.
I will add to this that I am not aware of any such advice from Wolfram Research. The post by RJF had the URL
> (see http://www.wolframalpha.com/termsofuse/)
This is for Wolfram|Alpha and is mostly irrelevant to Mathematica. I suspect this is the more appropriate legal agreement.
I believe somewhere the documentation recommends against use for certain types of life-safety applications involving real-time computation. That's not the same thing as designing a bridge, or a jet plane, or landing control software, or medical devices, or drugs, or...