But quite soon after I was introduced to Mathematica, perhaps the embodiment of what straw-scientist 2 - lover of black boxes - craves. Mathematica just does things. You tell it what to do, and it automagically happens. No fussing over which algorithms to use, where data comes from or how exactly an eigenvalue is found. It was comfortable and I stuck with Mathematica for a long time, using it as my go-to for even numerical work, sacrificing a bit of speed for peace of mind.