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Announcing the Rule 30 Prizes

The Story of Rule 30 How can something that simple produce something that complex? It’s been nearly 40 years since I first saw rule 30—but it still amazes me. Long ago it became my personal all-time favorite science discovery, and over the years it’s changed my whole worldview and led me to all sorts of science, technology, philosophy and more. But...

A Burst of Physics Progress at the 2020 Wolfram Summer School

And We’re Off and Running… We recently wrapped up the four weeks of our first-ever “Physics track” Wolfram Summer School—and the results were spectacular! More than 30 projects potentially destined to turn into academic papers—reporting all kinds of progress on the Wolfram Physics Project. When we launched the Wolfram Physics Project just three...

Exploring Rulial Space: The Case of Turing Machines

Wolfram Physics Bulletin Informal updates and commentary on progress in the Wolfram Physics Project Related livestreams Related notebooks Video work logs Related tweets Related livestreams May 26, 2020 (with Jonathan Gorard, Ed Pegg and Max Piskunov) June 4, 2020 Related notebooks ...

Event Horizons, Singularities and Other Exotic Spacetime Phenomena

Wolfram Physics Bulletin Updates and commentary on progress in the Wolfram Physics Project Related livestreams: April 29, May 5, May 6Related notebooks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8a, 9, 10, 10a, 11, 12 The Structure and Pathologies of Spacetime In our models, space emerges as the large-scale limit of our spatial hypergraph, while spacetime...

The Wolfram Physics Project: <br />The First Two Weeks</br>

First, Thank You! We launched the Wolfram Physics Project two weeks ago, on April 14. And, in a word, wow! People might think that interest in fundamental science has waned. But the thousands of messages we’ve received tell a very different story. People really care! They’re excited. They’re enjoying understanding what we’ve figured out....

Finally We May Have a Path to the Fundamental Theory of Physics… <br />and It’s Beautiful</br>

Website: Wolfram Physics Project Technical Intro: A Class of Models with the Potential to Represent Fundamental Physics How We Got Here: The Backstory of the Wolfram Physics Project I Never Expected This It’s unexpected, surprising—and for me incredibly exciting. To be fair, at some level I’ve been working towards this for nearly 50 years. But...

How We Got Here: The Backstory of the Wolfram Physics Project

“Someday…” I’ve been saying it for decades: “Someday I’m going to mount a serious effort to find the fundamental theory of physics.” Well, I’m thrilled that today “someday” has come, and we’re launching the Wolfram Physics Project. And getting ready to launch this project over the past few months might be the single most intellectually exciting time...

In Less Than a Year, So Much New: Launching Version 12.1 of Wolfram Language & Mathematica

We’re pleased that despite the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on so many people and businesses we’re still able to launch today as planned… (Thanks to our dedicated team and the fact that remote working has been part of our company for decades…) The Biggest .1 Release Ever It’s always an interesting time. We’re getting ready to wrap up a .1...

The New World of Notebook Publishing

Wolfram Notebooks on the Web We’ve been working towards it for many years, but now it’s finally here: an incredibly smooth workflow for publishing Wolfram Notebooks to the web—that makes possible a new level of interactive publishing and computation-enabled communication. You create a Wolfram Notebook—using all the power of the Wolfram Language and...

Just Published: <em>Adventures of a Computational Explorer</em>

Today my latest book is published: Adventures of a Computational Explorer. From the preface: “You work so hard… but what do you do for fun?” people will ask me. Well, the fact is that I’ve tried to set up my life so that the things I work on are things I find fun. Most of those things are aligned with big initiatives of mine, and with products and...

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