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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 --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- Gregg Sapp, Science Lib., SUNY at Albany
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- Publisher : Wolfram Media, Inc. (November 20, 2016)
- Publication date : November 20, 2016
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01N1I83V8
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- File size : 112571 KB
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- Print length : 1280 pages
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This book however changes our world-view, giving new aspects how to think about some couses of events in the Nature, so honestly speaking I can tell just one thing in brief: Worth for every penny! Probably I'm going to buy the other books too from this author in the future!
My only disappointment is that all the pictures are all black and white.
I guess if there were color pictures, the book would be prohibitively expensive.
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No doubt the book completely annoys the pants off industry practitioners who, reading this book, one would think barely exist compared to the self-professed awesome brain of Mr Wolfram. At times, it almost falls into parody as if an intelligent version of Arnold Rimmer for Red Dwarf was writing it. As an 11-year old, I remember programming Conway's Game of Life and, like many other kids who did this, being fascinated by where the hell the information to describe all this comes from. But according to Mr. Wolfram, he was the first one to think like this. Forget about all the teenage Game of Life hobbyists out there, Zuse, Tegmark etc. Perhaps its true that Wolfram did independently come up with lots of discoveries and helped reinvigorate the subject, but even if he did, he should acknowledge others more in his writing and not boast about what a clever chappy he is the whole time. It's my first book in digital physics, so can't compare it to others out there, unfortunately.