Computers were initially developed to expedite numerical calculations. A newer, and in the long run, very
fruitful field is the manipulation of symbolic expressions. When these symbolic expressions represent mathematical
entities, this field is generally called computer algebra [8]. Computer algebra begins with relatively elementary
operations, such as addition and multiplication of symbolic expressions, and includes such things as
factorization of integers and polynomials, exact linear algebra, solution of systems of equations, and logical
operations. It also includes analysis operations, such as definite and indefinite integration, the solution of linear
and nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations, series expansions, and residue calculations. Today, with
computer algebra systems, it is possible to calculate in minutes or hours the results that would (and did) take
years to accomplish by paper and pencil. One classic example is the calculation of the orbit of the moon, which
took the French astronomer Delaunay 20 years [12], [13], [14], [15], [11], [26], [27], [53], [16], [17], [25]. (The
Mathematica GuideBooks cover the two other historic examples of calculations that, at the end of the 19th
century, took researchers many years of hand calculations [1], [4], [38] and literally thousands of pages of paper.)

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