Maxima is a fairly complete computer algebra system written in Common Lisp with an emphasis on symbolic computation. It is based on DOE-MACSYMA and licensed under the GPL. Its abilities include symbolic integration, 3D plotting, and an ODE solver.
- Specialized in symbolic operations but offering numerical capabilities too.
- Can be accessed programmatically and extended, as the underlying Lisp can be called from it.
- Complete programming language with ALGOL-like syntax but Lisp-like semantics.
- Arbitrary-precision integers.
- Rational numbers of sizes limited only by machine memory.
- Arbitrarily large floating-point numbers ("bfloats").
Please can we have a Windows Binary for 5.34.1 which runs on 64 bit machines. With the current one maxima.exe just halts with no explanation or anything.
This is one of the most efficient open source CAS around and is just too easy to learn. Supports functional + imperative programming and has most of functionality built in. Extending it using Maxima's own programming language, makes it just too flexible. There is one h t t p : / /area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/66233/maxima ,community under proposal. One can join here and learn from creators of Maxima.
More stable than Maple!
Tried maxima and loved it while looking for a Matlab replacement.
I needed to know how to transform my uniform random-number distribution y to a distribution that is P(x) ~ (sech(x))^2. Well, I know now (use x = arctanh(y)). A very useful and, together with imaxima in emacs and gnuplot, a very fancy-looking program. Installation is a breeze - it is included in my Gentoo Linux distribution. Thank you!