Installing Maxima on Mac OS X

27 Feb 2015

Maxima is a great multi-platform tool for modeling mathematical problems. It’s a computer algebra system similar to Mathematica or Matlab. I recently tried to install Maxima on a Mac, as I’ve used it before in Windows. I ran into some confusion that was met with a disappointing amount of help on the Internet. So, I thought I would outline the steps I took to get it working in hopes that it will be useful to my future self and others.