Stephen Wolfram's "A New Kind of Science" goes open-access


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/17/i-like-big-books.html


#2

A New, Kind of, Science


#3

Yeah this book is useless.


#4

It’s cellular automata all the way down!


#5

I have a copy. I tried to read it, twice.


#6

Wolfram is pretty much full of shit.


#7

I mean “undecidability” has been around since the 30s and “irreducibility” has been an idea since the mid 70s. There is little useful to be said about science hangers-on who try to force their own personal paradigm shifts.


#8

open free? no - alpha is now a subscription service… if you want PRO, and functionality

i get it, ya gotta pay for services, but…


#9

Well I tried at least three times, so there, smarty pants. :wink:

I actually liked the point he was making, and would call the book an exploration of how reasoning can best be modeled and conveyed in notation and why mathematics is only a subset of the optimal conceivable notations.

But Wolfram makes me look like the soul of brevity, you know? It’s like reading Fraser’s unexpurgated Golden Bough… dude, I get it, next point please!


#10

I’m imagining the old “coffe talk” sketch on SNL… “a new kind of science is neither new, nor science… discuss!”


#11

One of my favourite reviews of anything ever:

A Rare Blend of Monster Raving Egomania and Utter Batshit Insanity


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