Chapter 2: The Crucial Experiment

Section 3: Why These Discoveries Were Not Made Before

The importance of explicitness

Looking through this book, one striking difference with most previous scientific accounts is the presence of so many explicit pictures that show how every element in a system behaves. In the past, people have tended to consider it more scientific to give only numerical summaries of such data. But most of the phenomena I discuss in this book could not have been found without such explicit pictures. (See also page 108.)

From Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science [citation]