On the frontier of complexity science since he was a boy, Wolfram is a champion of cellular automata--256 "programs" governed by simple non-mathematical 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 non-techies; 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
I didn't know it was that huge, kind of war and peace for maths or science.
Im reading it actually, very interesting!
Stephen Wolfram is making a lot of noise about his "new kind of science," and the revolutionary impact it will have. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
Given that you bothered to read these reviews, you probably should buy the book.
Wolfram's either on to something or he's not. I don't know and don't care. Read more
The lack of proper reference to those minds that have studied and articulated complexity and cellular automata gives the impression that Wolfram solely thought up and now presents... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by LeGrande Blount
This book is barely better than a master thesis. It is not revolutionary (despite the fact that the author insists it is original) nor brilliant. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Andre Caldas
Hi, my last review of this book had the title "A New Kind of Plagiarism", since then, very knowledgeable people have pinpointed with exactitude were the plagiarism was (almost the... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Jhon Shonest
It seems Wolfram bashing has become a sport for weak minds. Sure he leaves himself open to criticism for not having stayed quite so engaged with his peers during the decade it took... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Tony Smith
Having browsed through the book -no proper thorough reading, I admit- and the various reviews, I find here a similarity with that well known 2nd class author. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by "anthony_xy"
I can not add anything new to the reviews in these pages, everything has been said. I do agree with everybody rating 1/5 this pretentious book.Published on Feb. 15 2004 by C. Olaya