Wiley's Reform Calculus Texts Go Electronic with Mathematica
Software developer Wolfram Research, Inc. and publisher John
Wiley & Sons, Inc. announced an agreement to
develop an interactive electronic version of Wiley's best-selling reform
calculus textbooks: Calculus: Single Variable, Second Edition, by
Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, and others and Calculus: Single and Multivariable
by Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, MacCallum, and others. Wolfram Research is the
creator and developer of Mathematica, the leading technical computing
system, which will be the presentation medium and engine for the electronic
texts. Calculus Live, as the electronic version of these textbooks will be
titled, will be available for the 1998 fall semester.
Under the agreement, Wolfram Research will use proprietary technology to
convert Wiley's existing typsetting files into Mathematica notebook format
and will create an interactive interface for navigation and problem
solving. These notebooks will be distributed on CD-ROM along with a "custom
kernel" edition of Mathematica.
"Mathematica Version 3 is particularly well suited for the presentation of
interactive electronic texts like these, and we already have many similar
projects under way," said Paul Wellin, Director of Corporate and Academic
Affairs at Wolfram Research. "The user interface is completely
customizable, making it easy to create interface elements such as palettes
and hyperlinks. Our mathematical typesetting, both on screen and on the
printer, is the most sophisticated available. Our document conversion
process, supervised by professional designers, ensures both the accuracy of
print material and the visual appeal of the resulting electronic version.
Combine these three elements, and you have a wonderful environment for
interactive texts like this. And the new custom kernel technology means
that we provide only the parts of the complete Mathematica system
that are most appropriate for any individual product."
The use of Mathematica as a presentation platform brings a new level of
"intelligence" to the electronic text, allowing the students to focus better on the subject
matter by letting the computer handle much of the mechanics. Students using
the electronic textbook will be able to see the text, solve problems
interactively, and perform their own explorations of the principles of
calculus. Students can use the included special copy of Mathematica and
will not have to learn Mathematica syntax to use the product.
"We are pleased to join with Wolfram Research to bring the electronic
version of the leading reform calculus textbooks on the market to college
students worldwide," said Bonnie Lieberman, Wiley's Senior Vice President
and General Manager--College.