# [SciPy-user] python+maxima+latex for symbolic stuff

lanceboyle@bluebottle.com lanceboyle at bluebottle.com
Sat Nov 19 17:34:30 CST 2005

Thanks--that helps.

Jerry

On Nov 19, 2005, at 11:07 AM, Ryan Krauss wrote:

> I could work on screen shots but I don't know if they would be
> terribly interesting.  What is does primarily is allow very clean
> LaTeX-symbolic integration.  I really like including explanations in
> my derivations and I like looking at pretty LaTeX output because it
> helps me spot errors when I am looking at well formatted output
> instead of the kind of command line output that is typical of computer
> algebra programs.
>
> Maybe I should have made clearer that it doesn't actually provide any
> computer algebra functionality that isn't already in Maxima.  It just
> changes the interface so that instead of working with Maxima or
> Xmaxima directly, you write a LaTeX-like file so that you can do
> something like:
>
> This is some explanation of my equation
> \begin{maxima}
>     eq1:x+y=2
> \end{maxima}
> This is some comment after my equation.
>
> So it is sort of a literate programming approach to LaTeX and symbolic
> stuff.  Python takes what is in the \begin{maxima}..\end{maxima} and
> passes it to Maxima, Python then replaces the maxima environment with
>
> This is some explanation of my equation
>
>     output for Maxima
> .
> This is some comment after my equation.
>
> Perhaps not rocket science, but I really like my derivations to be
> done in LaTeX and I don't like the Maxima user interface very much.
>
> So, if I had screen shots, they would show a LaTeX input file, a
> Python script that goes between LaTeX and Maxima and then a pretty
> LaTeX output.
>
> It really should be painless to download and install and it is very
> small (80kb).  This was my first distutils experience.  Any comments
> on whether it installed as expected?
>
> Ryan
>
> On 11/18/05, lanceboyle at bluebottle.com <lanceboyle at bluebottle.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Could someone provide a couple screen shots of this set-up and a
>> description of what it does and so on? I'd like to know a bit more
>> before I install everything.
>>
>> Jerry
>>
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