Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 123 / NOVEMBER 1990 / PAGE P-17

Did the Amiga Flunk Math?

My original choice was to replace my Commodore 64 with a boring PC clone, not an Amiga. Why? Because of software. My interests include math, scientific, and electronics programs, so the PC seemed perfect. It has ECAP, circuit analysis, transistor and circuit modeling, and feedback systems software, just to name a few. The trouble was price. The cost of PC software is well into the three-digit range. So I bought an Amiga 500—a machine capable of running comparable software if anyone offered it.

Sure, there are fraction programs for kids, and the mathematics toolkit Math-Amation is better than nothing. But I've found nothing worthy of consideration in the way of engineering or scientific software. This is unfortunate because the Amiga's graphics capabilities would give it an edge in this field.