Message from discussion Who were the opponents of Lisp?
From: Tim Bradshaw <t...@tfeb.org>
Subject: Re: Who were the opponents of Lisp?
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:54:01 +0100
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On 2010-04-09 19:50:34 +0100, Xah Lee said:
> LOL. If you use Mathematica, for any complex math formula, it
> trivially beat TeX/LaTeX. In fact, for complex formula, you won't even
> known how to do it with TeX unless you are like one of the world's top
> TeX expert.
Coincidentally, I just wrote a non-trivial amount of reasonably
maths-dense text in Mathematica (something around 15 pages of notes to
help someone with final-year school mechanics, so not a book, but 5 or
10 % of one), and the printed output just makes me cringe, it's so bad.
I probably am rather fussy - I spent several years being very
interested in typography and especially mathematical typography - but
it really isn't good.
Of course a lot of things *are* good - being able to draw pictures
using a term-based language is really nice (though it needs automatic
positioning of labels), and the whole integration thing is really good,
but for printed output (or PDF), yuck.
Of course, I imagine from other articles you've written you'll say that
this is because several hundred years of history should all be thrown
out and we should all start from some typographic year zero in which
people like me will be purged.