> that is strange, i always thought that octave was the name of the big sgi 
> box. havent these gnu guys been accused by sgi yet?
> thank you for the link, but i dont like it. it is to much like fortran for 
> me. they say that when you know fortran you can learn octave in a few hours. 
> i think fortrans time is over. and besides, what shall my professor say when 
> i come up with a fortran program?

Sorry, but for numerical solutions Fortran is still a standard. That's why there are Fortran 95 and Fortran 99.

I wonder why Fortran seems strange to you; you're are a physician. Most of the physicians i know use either Fortan or C. 

ralf