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Computational experimentation has long played an essential role in the
development of number theory. I will encourage you to use computers
to explore some of the ideas we will discuss, by giving
lectures on techniques for using computers to do experiments in number
theory and creating homework problems that involve nontrivial
computation.
Regarding actual software, I will primarily discuss the powerful
and totally free open-source program PARI. You can download this
program for Linux, MS Windows, and Mac from
*http://www.parigp-home.de*.

William A Stein
2001-09-08