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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Wolfram doesn't like criticism and his work definitely invites it but the ideas he presents about how complexity can arise from simplicity are very compelling.
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Contents
The Foundations for a New Kind of Science  1 
The Crucial Experiment  23 
The World of Simple Programs  51 
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