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


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A New, Kind of, Science


Yeah this book is useless.


It’s cellular automata all the way down!


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


Wolfram is pretty much full of shit.


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.


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

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


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!


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


One of my favourite reviews of anything ever:

A Rare Blend of Monster Raving Egomania and Utter Batshit Insanity


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