I asked Maplesoft for advice on this and they recommended doing the following (and I found it worked) :


How I became a Maple user. I never used a computer for any reason until I was almost fifty... In the summer of 1993 I inaugurated the Mathematics part of the Talented Youth Programme at Dublin City University (see
my account of what I did). One day, chatting with Alastair Wood  DCU's then Head of Mathematics  and some of his graduate students, one of them remarked to Alastair how he had done some work "using Mathematica"... I was puzzled by this since I thought he was talking about Mathematika (the mathematics journal), and I asked something like "how could you possibly have used Mathematika to do some mathematics?" Of course this produced puzzlement with the student... It emerged that we had different views of the meaning... : they had never heard of the journal Mathematika, and I had never heard of the computer algebra software Mathematica (in fact I had never heard of computer algebra software...).
I began to use Maple in my teaching in January 1995. At that time I was a complete novice in the use of computing in my mathematics teaching, and benefited greatly from a new, temporary colleague, Dr. Mark Daly (to whom I dedicated my substantial August 2001 Fermat's little theorem talk). Mark was an expert in the use of Maple, and to him I owe whatever facility I acquired in those days in using Maple. I always knew  right from the start  what I wanted to do with Maple, but there was the initial problem of bridging the gap between what I wanted to do, and finding out how to do it. Another great support to me in those early days was David Joyner (at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis) who displayed some of my 3rd. year Number Theory and Cryptography worksheets at a time when my own College didn't have a Web site (outsiders would not believe the struggle it was to force the college to abtain internet facilities for staff; the college must then have been the very last educational institution in all of Ireland to have email and web facilities for its staff). I dedicated my Chicago, November 2003 Bill Clinton, Bertie Ahern, and digital signatures talk to David. My initial interest in the use of Maple was for teaching purposes only; I could not have known in those early days the profound impact Maple was to have on my own mathematical work. An early sign of that may be seen in the Fermat 6 corner of my site, followed by the Jacobi link (below). There are many Maple worksheets located in other corners of my web site: My views on Computer Algebra Systems in general, and Maple in particular, are expressed by Doron Zeilberger in his Opinion #47 and Opinion #26. Taking my lead from Doron Zeilberger, I dedicated my Dalhousie colloquium talk  as may be read in the above Gauss Maple file  as follows: I dedicate this talk to Bruno Buchberger and to the creators of Maple, Bruce W. Char, Keith O. Geddes, W. Morven Gentleman and Gaston H. Gonnet
Finally, I am immensely proud that Doron Zeilberger has included me (because of my Maple work) in his
Favourite Links.

Contact details. jbcosgrave at gmail.com
