BOOK SUMMARY

Stephen Wolfam A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE

Dramatic Discoveries From One Of The World's Most Respected 
 Scientists

NKSThis long-awaited work from one of the world's most respected scientists presents a series of dramatic discoveries never before made public. Starting from a collection of simple computer experiments--illustrated in the book by striking computer graphics--Stephen Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the operation of our universe.

Wolfram uses his approach to tackle a remarkable array of fundamental problems in science, from the origins of apparent randomness in physical systems, to the development of complexity in biology, the ultimate scope and limitations of mathematics, the possibility of a truly fundamental theory of physics, the interplay between free will and determinism, and the character of intelligence in the universe.

Written with exceptional clarity, and illustrated by nearly a thousand original pictures, this seminal book allows scientists and nonscientists alike to participate in what promises to be a major intellectual revolution.






Stephen Wolfram
was born in London and educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1979 at the age of 20, having already made lasting contributions to particle physics and cosmology. In 1981 his work was recognized by a MacArthur award. In the early 1980s he made a series of classic discoveries about systems known as cellular automata, which have yielded many new insights in physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, and other fields. In 1986 he founded Wolfram Research, Inc. and began the creation of Mathematica, now the world's leading software system for technical computing and symbolic programming, and the tool that made A New Kind of Science possible. Over the past decade Wolfram has divided his time between the leadership of his company and his pursuit of basic science.

Published by Wolfram Media, Inc., 2002

ISBN 1-57955-008-8
Hardcover, 1197 pages
$44.95 (US)

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Other books by Stephen Wolfram

Cellular Automata and Complexity: Collected Papers Cellular Automata and Complexity: Collected Papers (1994)

ISBN 0-201-62716-7
Hardcover, 596 pages

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Paperback edition also available.


 

The Mathematica Book, Fifth Edition The Mathematica Book, Fifth Edition (2003)

ISBN 1-57955-022-3
Hardcover, 1488 pages

Fifth Edition also available in Japanese. Fourth Edition also available in French, German, and Chinese.