Who is using Python

“Sometimes the middle of the herd is a good place to be.”

(In response to the question “Why spend time migrating to Python?” at a Users Committee meeting)

That was in 2007 and in the interim Python has become firmly established as the primary scripting language in astronomy. The ease of interfacing C / C++ / FORTRAN means many organizations are using Python user front-ends with a combination of compiled code + Python on the back-end.

Why join the herd?

Resources, resources, resources!

[1]I could not untar the “tgz” (tar.gz) version but the “zip” archive was fine.

Other sciences

Bioinformatics (computational molecular biology)


As seen at biopython.org.

From the SciPy Topical Software wiki:

  • Artificial intelligence & machine learning
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Biology (including Neuroscience)
  • Dynamical systems
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Molecular modeling
  • Signal processing
  • Symbolic math, number theory, etc.