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After 20 years of hard work, Stephen Wolfram, the original developer of Mathematica (a mathematical software package) has released his book A New Kind of Science.
The book is now available online.

An excerpt:
If theoretical science is to be possible at all, then at some level the systems it studies must follow definite rules. Yet in the past throughout the exact sciences it has usually been assumed that these must be the ones based on traditional mathematics. But the crucial realization that led me to develop the new kind of science in this book is that there is in fact no reason to think that systems like those we see in nature should follow only such traditional mathematical rules.

In short, the new rules to be used are simple computer programs.

Wolfram claims:
I have come to view it as one of the more important single discoveries in the whole history of theoretical science.

I haven't read the book yet, so i'm wondering if this is truely something remarkable or a mere delusion of the author?
Anyone who has feedback please let me know.

Sure looks interesting...

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 8:42 PM Artificial Intelligence | Back to top

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