A new kind of science"This book promises to revolutionize science as we know it"  Daily Telegraph "Stephen's magnum opus may be the book of the decade if not the century"  Arthur C Clarke Longawaited work from one of the world's most respected scientists presents a series of dramatic discoveries never before made public. Starting with a collection of computer experiments, Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the universe. A seminal work of enormous importance. Includes over 950 illustrations. BBC documentary in development. 
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Review: A New Kind of Science
User Review  Jim Razinha  GoodreadsAn excruciatingly long book, this one. I have immense respect for Wolfram's accomplishments, but jeez, this exploration of cellular automata and simple programs as an answer to everything knocked him ... Read full review
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User Review  Andrew Sheng  GoodreadsIf you can get past the author's galaxysized ego, this makes for a fun read. Read full review
Contents
The Foundations for a New Kind of Science  1 
The Crucial Experiment  23 
The World of Simple Programs  51 
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