[Maxima] Brent's method of root finding
robert.dodier at gmail.com
Tue May 8 10:46:15 CDT 2007
On 5/8/07, sen1 at math.msu.edu <sen1 at math.msu.edu> wrote:
> In my opinion, this is HUGE, and largely unnecessary paranoia.
We have a lot to lose. A single, baseless lawsuit could easily
destroy this project.
> The MIT people (I think quite justifiably implied "hogwash") and put a
> version of the algorithm written in scheme into their GPL available
> package. The code implementer at MIT was trying to be kind about what
> saved him or her time in doing his implementation by saying that it
> was "from" the Numerical Recipes Book. Thus, it was not necessarily a
> "translation" etc.
The Scheme code has the same variable names and the same
literal string in it as the C code. This suggests to me it's a line
by line translation. I don't have the time to investigate further.
Agreed that writing new code from a textual description is not
creating a derived work.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.
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