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The Wolfram Demonstrations Project Reaches Major Milestone

Published July 13, 2009

5,000th Demonstration Added to the Web’s Largest Collection of Open, Instructional Applets

July 13, 2009—Wolfram Research today announced a remarkable milestone for the Wolfram Demonstrations Project. The 5,000th Demonstration was published on the innovative website Wolfram Research created two years ago as a new paradigm for exploring ideas.

The Demonstrations Project is a daily growing collection of instructional, interactive models all created in Wolfram Research’s flagship software Mathematica and contributed by users from around the world. The Project is a free resource that has grown to cover nearly every imaginable area of technical endeavor and is used in all levels of education, front-line research, commercial presentations, and more.

The Demonstrations Project launched when Mathematica added revolutionary technologies that, for the first time, made it possible to create sophisticated, custom applications with just a few short lines of code. The project expanded further with the introduction of the Mathematica Player Family, which makes it possible to deploy dynamic Mathematica documents that run freely on any compatible computer.

The growth and popularity of the Demonstrations Project represents a massive change in the way technical ideas are communicated.

“This makes the Demonstrations Project the largest collection of open, instructional applets anywhere,” said Conrad Wolfram, Director of Strategic & International Development at Wolfram Research. “And it’s also much needed proof that you can create a viable and vibrant technical publishing ecosystem based on interactive applications rather than dead documents—pivotal to moving technical communication into a major new era.”

Creating, exploring, and sharing Demonstrations is easy, fun, and rewarding for authors. Most of the 5,000 Demonstrations have been contributed by users outside of Wolfram Research—professors, engineers, doctors, teachers and students, lawyers and bankers, and artists and musicians from around the world have published applications they’ve created with this compelling new medium.

Each Demonstration’s content is reviewed by experts in relevant fields for quality, clarity, and accuracy.

All Demonstrations can be previewed on the web and downloaded to run in Mathematica 7 or Mathematica Player, the free runtime environment for Mathematica notebook files.

Explore the Wolfram Demonstrations Project.

Read more about the publishing of the 5,000th Demonstration on the Wolfram Blog.