Directories/Folders and Files on the CD-ROM

This section briefly describes the folders/directories and files, which are grouped by purpose.

Windows version: Filenames and directory names have been truncated after eight characters, for example, COLLECTI instead of Collection. Most notebooks are accompanied by another file with a .MB extension that contains binary information for MathReader.

NeXT/Unix version: Notebooks and programs were compressed into a single tar file. This archive is named NEXT_TAR.Z and UNIX_TAR.Z, respectively. The installation instructions describe how these archives can be unpacked.

Collection of Visualizations


The Collection directory/folder contains all graphics and animations as notebooks. No further installation is necessary to use them. Windows version: According to the installation instructions two files are to be copied into your WINDOWS directory.

Since MathReader does not allow users to copy and paste graphics into other applications, many graphics have been stored as individual files in the Images subdirectory. More information about them can be found in the document in the Images directory.

Macintosh: Some notebooks are rather large. Additional copies of these have been created, with their graphics converted into a more compact format. These versions should be used on machines with less main memory. The PICT folder contains those notebooks whose graphics were converted into PICT format. Those notebooks that were still over 2MB after this conversion have been put into the Bitmap folder, using bitmap graphics.

Table of Contents

The file contains an overview of the visualization and program topics. It is reprinted in the booklet accompanying the CD-ROM.

Using Notebooks and MathReader

Macintosh and Windows version: The MathReader directory/folder contains the MathReader program from Wolfram Research, Inc. If Mathematica is not installed on your computer, you can use this program to read notebooks.

Versions of MathReader for other computers may be available on MathSource (see Installation Instructions).

The file in the Introduction directory/folder contains an introduction to the use of MathReader. It is reprinted in the booklet accompanying the CD-ROM.

About Illustrated Mathematics

A description of Illustrated Mathematics is in the (ABOUT_IM.MA) file and reprinted in the booklet accompanying the CD-ROM.

Programs for Your Own Examples

The following directories/folders and files pertain to the use of the programs.

Programs and Their Descriptions

The Visual directory contains the programs. They should be copied to a hard disk according to the installation instructions. Alternatively, you can tell Mathematica the pathname where they can be found.

Each program, or more precisely, each package, is accompanied by a detailed description in the Manuals directory, which includes many examples.

Installation Instructions

For best use, the packages should be copied to a hard disk. The file contains instructions for installing the software on various computers. Installation is necessary only if you want to create your own examples. These installation instructions are also printed in the accompanying booklet.

Computer-dependent Settings

The notebook contains settings for configuring Illustrated Mathematics for various computers (for example, color or monochrome monitors). It is needed only if you want to create your own examples.

Introduction into Notebooks and Mathematica

The Introduction directory/folder contains introductory files. describes how to look at notebooks. Notebooks can be displayed either with MathReader or with Mathematica. describes the use of the programs on the CD-ROM. explains the basic principles of Mathematica and describes how to work with Mathematica graphics. It contains also a summary of the built-in graphics capabilities of Mathematica.


The CD-ROM is formatted in dual-mode, HFS/ISO 9660. If read on a Macintosh, only the files for the Macintosh will be visible. If read on another computer (Windows or Unix), the documents for Windows and the two files NEXT_TAR.Z and UNIX_TAR.Z will be visible. How to install these versions is described in

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