Adventures of a Computational Explorer
by Stephen Wolfram
Pub Date 21 Oct 2019
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Through his pioneering work in science, technology and language design, Stephen Wolfram has developed his own signature way of thinking about an impressive range of subjects. In this lively book of essays, Wolfram takes the reader along on some of his most surprising and engaging intellectual adventures. From science consulting for a Hollywood movie, solving problems of AI ethics, hunting for the source of an unusual polyhedron, communicating with extraterrestrials, to finding the fundamental theory of physics and exploring the digits of pi, Adventures of a Computational Explorer captures the infectious energy and curiosity of one of the great pioneers of the computational world. Stephen Wolfram is a distinguished scientist and best-selling author, and the creator of some of the world's most respected software systems, including Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language. For more than 30 years he has been the CEO of the global technology company Wolfram Research.
"Stephen Wolfram is a genius. But that’s not the most uncommon of his attributes. He is fiercely and fully independent, in every possible sense of the word. Wolfram does everything, literally everything, on his own terms."
--Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness
"Stephen Wolfram has the most brilliant computational mind I have ever encountered. His endless curiosity, breadth of knowledge, and attention to detail, are truly astonishing. ‘Adventures’ is a wild ride down the Rabbit Hole."
--Nova Spivack, Chairman, Arch Mission Foundation
"This tour of Stephen Wolfram's mind is a jungle journey where ferocious new ideas jump out at you, then charm you. Read it in batches, because the idea density is high and pleasure long."
--Gregory Benford, author of Nebula award winning Timescape
"Stephen Wolfram is one of the remarkable scientists and technologists of our time, a physicist who went deep into computing, first as a means to an end creating computing tools, and then as a fundamental way to understand our universe. In Adventures of a Computational Explorer, he shares episodes of his journey, written in his characteristically direct and engaging style."
--Nathan Myhrvold, Founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures