June 1, 1996
One strange aspect of symbolic computation is that the production of mathematical software is an almost invisible, unrecorded discipline. Do you have an explanation for this?
That’s true in almost any field that involves actually building things. We’ve always been very happy for software historians to come in and study our efforts. But almost nobody’s ever done it. And we ourselves are more interested in developing new technology than in writing academic papers and things about technology we’ve already developed.