## Maxima - Download Information and History

### Availability:

**Maxima** is a free version of the computer algebra system **Macsyma**.
It is available for various platforms and can be downloaded from
http://maxima.sourceforge.net/download.shtml.
The user interface of Maxima is less impressive than that of Macsyma, but the mathematical
power of Maxima is very impressive.

### History

The once famous computer algebra system **Macsyma** was developed in the years 1966 - 1971
at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. The MIT was doubtlessly an ideal place to
do that work: It was there that Lisp was created and in the late sixties the leading
Lisp experts worked at the MIT.

The success story of **Macsyma** ended quite abruptely in 1999, when the
Macsyma Inc. was sold and the support for **Macsyma** discontinued.

Derivative work of Macsyma was done at several places.
Maxima is the work of William F. Schelter
(see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Schelter), a former professor at the
University of Texas at Austin. He supported Maxima from 1982 until his untimely
death in July 2001.