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On the frontier of complexity science since he was a boy, Wolfram is a champion of cellular automata--256 "programs" governed by simple nonmathematical rules. He points out that even the most complex equations fail to accurately model biological systems, but the simplest cellular automata can produce results straight out of nature--tree branches, stream eddies, and leopard spots, for instance. The graphics in A New Kind of Science show striking resemblance to the patterns we see in nature every day.
Wolfram wrote the book in a distinct style meant to make it easy to read, even for nontechies; a basic familiarity with logic is helpful but not essential. Readers will find themselves swept away by the elegant simplicity of Wolfram's ideas and the accidental artistry of the cellular automaton models. Whether or not Wolfram's revolution ultimately gives us the keys to the universe, his new science is absolutely awe-inspiring. --Therese Littleton
the people giving this book a bad reviews obviously haven't paid much attention to the implications outlined here, its not the longest text i've read, but it is one of the most... Read morePublished 13 days ago by alexander
Not only a thick book but also an interesting introduction of cellular automaton.Published 5 months ago by Qingchi
Re-reading after 15 or whatever years since it was first published. I forgot what a pompous load of hogwash it is. Still, pretty pictures of interest to computer scientists. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joe P.
Interesting and curious. Great thesis for those who want to conceive things differently...and get to understand a little bit of the truth behind complexity!Published 9 months ago by Enrique
Well it looks like he has succeeded in polarizing opinion
Many of the comments of the critiques are true
The ego is there, he admits it, it is little disconcerting but... Read more
I am a research scientist who has published in major journals, and it is my professional opinion that Wolfram is a genius of the highest order who will eventually take his place in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ZenVortex
This was a gift (as requested). It arrived in perfect condition. It is a BIG book, but the little I read was very well written and interesting.Published 10 months ago by Reading is fun
Dr. Wolfram is the most prominent name in CA research and has many research accomplishments including early research on CAs published in the journal Nature. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy