This post will be filled with random rants about random things. Stay tuned for a more meaningful post.
Contents: Mathematica, quintics, WordPress, LaTeX, and stuff in between.
Technology is too complicated.
I mean, most of the complicatedness is not really needed. Otherwise I wouldn’t be complaining.
Mathematica is an awesome program (epic, in fact), and I they did a nice job of simplifying things. I was just playing with it a couple minutes ago. It’s easy to do the simple things, but some of the more complex functions require some jumble of code and weirdly-named functions.
Also, it can’t solve quintics. Well, there’s no quintic formula. But still, it should be able to solve
and give me a solution at least better than
(Obviously I’m smart enough to know that the solutions are the 5th roots of unity…)
There’s probably some complexicated function that will simplify that into rectangular/polar complex numbers for me, but like heck I have enough time to figure out how.
Also, if I tell it some human-factorable quintic or something, can’t it at least partially factor it for me?
Oh, and LaTeX on WordPress is AWESOME. Every single day I appreciate the power and simplicity of WordPress more. I <3 WordPress.
… but I’m still not gonna donate =p