Macsyma, MAXIMA, Vaxima, ...
Macsyma is one of the very first general-purpose Symbolic Computation
Through the years there have been many versions of Macsyma-derived systems.
Some systems listed here may no longer be easily available.
- Implementations of MAXIMA on top of different LISP systems.
- DOE MAXIMA, a general-purpose symbolic computation system
available under the Gnu General Public
License, can be downloaded from GNU without obtaining a DOE (US Department Of Energy) license.
- Macsyma Inc.
- Paradigm Associates' version of DOE-Macsyma
- Schelter's version of DOE-Macsyma, GCL/AKCL and MAXIMA, University of Texas at Austin.
- Fateman's "Vaxima" in the DOE library
- Fort Pond Research's "ALJABR".
- Punimax (clisp/maxima).
1,2,3 are in Common Lisp, 4,5 are in Franz Lisp.
Most major (and many minor) features are identical in all of them.
Actually Paradigm has a commercial common lisp version too,
which is being shipped to current support customers,
although we have not yet announced a formal *NAME* for the thing.
When it is running on the Macintosh for example it has all the PLOT
capabilities you would expect.
Contact: LPH@PARADIGM.COM in Cambridge MA.
GCL/AKCL and MAXIMA, University of Texas at Austin.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Bill Schelter)
Once you get a DOE Macsyma license you can obtain this version
on the network.
Contact Richard Fateman for procedure to get a DOE macsyma
license. email@example.com (Richard Fateman)
National Energy Software Center (NESC)
is (312) 972-7250. "vaxima" is accession number NESC 9631.
People interested in maxima should also contact Bill Schelter,
for a working (free) common-lisp copy, including a copy of KCL.
(if they are on the internet and have a MAXIMA license from DOE already..)
ALJABR is derived from the Macsyma code (and runs on a Mac) and cost only $200.
Contact Jim O'Dell
Clisp is one of the smalles complete lisp in the public domain which run
on virtually all platforms . Here is its ftp address:
Punimax is a Maxima Version built on top of clisp. It is available from