For anyone who cares (as I do), Mathematica turned 20 today.
I grew up on Mathematica, so to speak; my first analytically solved wavefunction (for a wave packet incident upon a finite potential barrier) was animated in Mathematica. I drooled when version 5 was released. I did many a senior-level optics problem in Mathematica. Our astrophysics final project, to generate via simulation our own H-R diagram, was completed with none other than Mathematica.
Stephen Wolfram may not be the nicest guy in the world, but his computational platform is a thing of beauty.
Happy birthday, Mathematica!
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