Calculators on the job
Date: Around 1995
How often do you use math in your job? Do you use a calculator?
As scientist/prof I use math in varying degrees: on a *good* day 90-95%
would be a fair estimate. However, I do not use a calculator nearly as much
as a mini-computer (VAX) or IBM-PC, both of which are "loaded" with MATLAB,
the language of choice for a large number of applied mathematicians.
Hear, Hear! MATLAB is great. I have also used IDL which is very similar.
I have heard that PVWAVE is also similar. Many of the scientists and
engineers here at Lockheed use calculators a lot. Not everyone has a PC let
alone a work station on their desks.
And I use a calculator once a month to balance my checkbook.
Actually, I use the computer an awful lot, and "awk" and "bc" are two of my
favorite UNIX calculators, though they are a little non-user friendly. But,
as a theoretical physicist, math in one form or another is my life!
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