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Title

A New Kind of Science
Author

Stephen Wolfram
Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
URL: http://www.stephenwolfram.com
Book information

Publisher: Wolfram Media (Champaign, IL)
Copyright year: 2002
ISBN: 1579550088
Medium: Hardcover
Pages: 1197
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Contents

Preface | The Foundations for a New Kind of Science | The Crucial Experiment | The World of Simple Programs | Systems Based on Numbers | Two Dimensions and Beyond | Starting from Randomness | Mechanisms in Programs and Nature | Implications for Everyday Systems | Fundamental Physics | Processes of Perception and Analysis | The Notion of Computation | The Principle of Computational Equivalence | Notes | Index
Description

Two decades in the making, this 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--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 origin of the Second Law of Thermodynamics to the development of complexity in biology, the computational limitations of mathematics, the possibility of a truly fundamental theory of physics, and the interplay between free will and determinism.

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

*Mathematics > Discrete Mathematics > Cellular Automata
*Science
Related items

*A New Kind of Science Explorer   [in Technical Notes]
*A New Kind of Science, Notes from the Book   [in Books]
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