# Maxima

(WX)Maxima is a free open-source computer-algebra software, and is the basis for commercial softwares such as Waterloo Maple and Wolfram Mathematica. Being free and open-source means that unlike commercial alternatives, Maxima computations can be easily shared and modified for free with the widest audience possible on a variety of platforms. Maxima instructions can even be written in plaintext without any special software, with a Maxima client only needed to view the computed results.

- Google Android Linux Operating System
- Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac Operating Systems
- (Ubuntu Debian) Linux Mint Operating System
- Canonical Ubuntu Debian Linux Operating System
- Ubuntu Debian Linux Terminal:
`sudo apt-get install wxmaxima`

## Examples

- How to compute millions of decimal digits for irrational numbers with Maxima.
- My computer with eight gigabytes of random-access memory (RAM) takes about a minute or so to compute the first ten million digits of the Napier constant (
`e`) with Maxima. - Download a Maxima worksheet with essential physical constants and units for use in computations.
- Other Maxima examples.

## History

- 1968. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Project on Mathematics and Computation (MAC) begins developing the MAC Symbolic Manipulator (MACSyMa).
- 1982. MACSyMa becomes commercially available.
- 1982. Waterloo Maple One (1.0) is released, inspired by MACSyMa.
- 1988. Wolfram Mathematica One is released, inspired by MACSyMa.
- 1999. MACSyMa becomes free and open-source under the new name of Maxima.