December and Maple 2021.2 have both arrived, which means that we can look forward to year 2022 and Maple 2022.
What should we like to find new in Maple 2022? Here follow a few suggestions, to which readers of Maple Primes can add.
In my opinion the weakest feature of Maple 2021 is the solution of integral equations. Even when this package was first introduced into Maple, a couple of decades ago, it was weak, applicable to only linear such equations. A quarter century earlier, David Stoutemyer (a true genius and entrepreneur, originator of Mu-Math, Mu-Lisp, Derive and computer-algebra capabilities incorporated in calculators of Texas Instruments) had published code for non-linear integral equations, based on Reduce. There is a Handbook of Integral Equations by Polyanin and Manzhirov that lists about 2000 solutions of integral equations. Let Maple 2022 be the basis of a boast by Maplesoft for Maple to be able to solve 96 per cent of those equations, in the same way that Edgardo Cheb-Terrab can (rightfully) boast that Maple can solve 96 per cent of differential equations in a standard compilation. Any differential equation can, apparently, be converted to an integral equation, whereas the converse is not true. For this reason alone, the development of solution of integral equations should become a priority to assist users of Maple.
Another area worthy of expansion and enhancement is the solution of differential equations in terms of Heun functions; that capability is already present, but working with those functions in their present form is difficult and slow. The inclusion of related functions, such as Lame functions, into Maple is long overdue. Although efforts have been devoted to the development of the physics package in recent years, culminating in a tremendous achievement of capability, only a few physicists in the world can appreciate that luxury, whereas the solution of differential, and integral, equations permeates all science and engineering.
What items are on your list of wishes for Maple 2022?