A New Kind of Science

A bunch of us have been working on understanding the physics of the Bussard Fusion Reactor. The subject of getting a copy of Mathematica has come up several times. What is detering us is the cost. Since I have several students in school and know several teachers from grade school to college level I may have a way around that.

In any case when I saw this lecture by Mathematica inventor Stephen Wolfram I couldn't resist. He explains why the universe we see is so complicated. The essense of it is: simple rules can lead to complicated results. It is inherent in the universe.

The video is about an hour and a half.

Here is the book the lecture is based on: A New Kind of Science

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Cross Posted at The Astute Bloggers

posted by Simon on 04.16.07 at 04:21 AM


Get a copy of Maxima. It's open source and free. It's a great symbolic algebra system on *nix. It's also been ported to Windows and Mac OSX.

anonymous   ·  April 16, 2007 6:09 PM

There are quite a few critiques of Wolfram's book. Start with John Derbyshire (a competent mathematician and NRO contributor):

New Kind of Science

ZZMike   ·  April 16, 2007 9:15 PM


The value of the work isz bringing such ideas to a wider audience.

M. Simon   ·  April 16, 2007 10:21 PM

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