Sorry, my mistake. Interesting you should mention about America. Had I been a U.S. citizen I'd have been correct, but I guess we're all americans on this continent even though I generally consider americans to be from the United States and Canadians not really americans. More of which is a philisophical issue or just a matter of preference. However, since the topic has been brought forth surely it was known what I meant when I said American. I too would have said the same to someone had he said the same thing I said when I chose those words. As a matter of fact I was debating wether to say america or United States, but enough chit chat. I will choose my geographical choice of words more carefully in the future.
I know of at least 5 engineers who have come from the University of Toronto who have never even heard of Maple. Probably the reason being is they're engineers for which the software of choice is Matlab. I know of (again an engineering student) who came up from Philadelphia originally from the U.A.E. in Dubai, who said he's never even heard of Maple. In fact it wasn't until I mentioned it to him that he became interested. He mentioned everyone down there uses Mathematica and Matlab.
I Work in the spectrometry field in a multicultural company and I can ask around, scientists and the like, many from India some in Pakistan, Iran, Romania, Mexico, Korea, China, Scotland anyways you get the idea, many people from different areas of the world. I will ask these people at work next week and let you know their general opinion of Maple.
You are right, though, that people in the high end science areas, and not including engineers, seem to know what's available and do know that maple does exist. As for what Maple is for? I think Maple is an excellent learning tool and good for education and research. I also see that Maple is adding a lot of fluff to it's product, wether that means there isn't much more to be done remains to be seen.