Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Exhibit

Wolfram Research, and Stephen Wolfram, are honored by the invitation to be a part of the "Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius" exposition at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Visitors there may be curious about some of the objects on display, how they were made, and the computational universe.

A New Kind of Science

Objects like those pictured below are discussed in Chapter 5 of Stephen Wolfram's book A New Kind of Science (NKS). These three-dimensional cellular automata all use growth rules--a cell gained is gained forever. For all of these, the simple rule is a cell is gained where it would touch exactly two others. Simple rules can lead to very complex systems.


All of the objects here were initially visualized with Mathematica, applying NKS methods. Here is a Mathematica notebook you can download that has code for the objects displayed on this page; if you don't have Mathematica, you can get a trial version. Below, you can see the objects as they initially appeared in Mathematica.

The Mathematica images were sent directly to a 3D stereolithographic printer. Each of the images below can be clicked on to see a movie of the object rotating.

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