A unique opportunity to do original research at the frontiers of science, the Wolfram Science Summer School helps about 40 students from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds learn about Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science (NKS) and apply it to their fields of interest. Most of these students are advanced undergraduates and early graduate students, but those in different circumstances are considered. We are looking for students who want to move their careers in the NKS direction.
Before the Summer School
- Students will be provided with Mathematica
- Students are expected to have read the NKS book
- Students will be provided with Mathematica self-training tools and exercises
- Advisor assigned for each student
- Basics of NKS (lectures by Stephen Wolfram and other instructors)
- Class research project (live computer experiment led by Stephen Wolfram)
- Project selection with Stephen Wolfram and advisor
- Tutorials on using Mathematica for NKS
- In-depth lectures on pure NKS
- Lectures on application areas (physics, biology, social science, etc.)
- Lectures on historical context and philosophical implications
- Special-topic lectures by Stephen Wolfram (previous topics have included "Science-based careers," "How to pick a research project," "How to write a paper," and "How to start a technology company," as well as outlines of physics, aspects of scientific history, and much more)
- Ongoing project meetings
- Continuing NKS lectures
- Final preparation for presentations
- Student presentations
An important part of the Summer School is ongoing informal discussions, ranging broadly over NKS, science, technology, and implications.
After the Summer School, many students continue their projects, often developing them into published papers or working them into theses. The Summer School instructors maintain an informal network of Summer School students.