I have a non-professional interest in math and I would like to be able to be curious and play around with some math that I'm learning about (both here and from calculus-and-higher level math classes).
Mathematica and MatLab seem like the best ways to play with math. I've seen demos of both and they both seem exceptionally powerful and complex. I'd like to start learning more about the syntax of one or the other so I can develop ideas and evaluate them, but I don't know which is better suited for me. Which one should I use?