Need to solve a calculus problem, model a galaxy, map a 12-dimensional object, or calculate rainfall patterns under global warming? Until now you'd have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a commercial software program like Matlab, Maple, Mathematica, or Magma.

But now your problem can be solved for free, using an open-source tool called Sage that recently won first prize in the scientific software division of Les TrophÃ©es du Libre.

William Stein, associate professor of mathematics and lead developer of the tool, worked with over a hundred mathematicians to combine user-friendly and powerful number-crunching with new features such as collaborative online worksheets.

My question is, with the state of American math education, will anyone know how to use it?

## Friday, December 28, 2007

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