For a long time I've been very interested in Mathematica as a tool for mathematical exploration. But, I've never been interested in paying nearly $2,500 for the retail version. (Yes, I'm aware that there are steep educational discounts but I'm not a students so those don't apply to me.) Recently, Wolfram Research announced the Mathematica 7 Home Edition for $295. Wow! I'm now very excited about the value of Mathematica, especially in playing with Math ideas. And, if you were wondering, at only 12% of the Professional Edition, Mathematica 7 Home Edition is NOT a stripped down or time-restricted version of the software. It's the full-blown Mathematica 7 with the only restriction being that Mathematica 7 Home Edition cannot be used for teaching, research, or work.
I received a review copy of the Home Edition from Wolfram and I will be reporting on what I discover about the program.