A New Kind of Science: A 15-Year View
Stephen Wolfram
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This is a great article, I recently sold my copy of A New Kind of Science and was thinking at the time, it was an interesting book but I never felt I really understood much from reading it. It felt like it lacked a satisfying conclusion I could take away from it, this article really nails why that is.

The computational content it is talking about requires way more interactivity to explore and lacks the identifiable consistency and foundation we can observe in maths which makes us feel we understand it despite all the exceptions. Where as maths is fundamentally based on identifying short cuts from what is reducible, a new kind of science is based on observing the behaviour/structures that form from rules/algorithms etc then recording and collating all of it into some sort of library/framework that can be used to model and explore.

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