Sunday, February 12, 2012
On March 11, 1985, at a talk given at Harvard University, I heard Stephen Wolfram say that he intended what was then his precursor to Mathematica, SMP (Symbolic Manipulation Program), to contain the core of mathematical knowledge, and a library of additional files, 400 at that time, to greatly extend SMP's mathematical knowledge. Some years later, I heard him muse about how big a project it would be to include a core of scientific knowledge in Mathematica. WRI's curated data collection is the growing realization of that vision.
The curated data is extensive and there is a typical procedure to explore most of the collections. Here are several examples.