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Stephen Wolfram lecture Oct. 9 moved to new location: Max Palevsky Theater

Scientist, entrepreneur and author Stephen Wolfram will present a free, public lecture on A New Kind of Science at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Max Palevsky Theater in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th Street, on the University of Chicago campus.

Most scientific advances over the past 300 years have been based on the idea that the natural world tends to follow rules that can be described mathematically. In his new book, A New Kind of Science, Wolfram argues that mathematical equations are much too restrictive, and that scientists should consider the vastly more general kinds of rules that can be expressed in computer programs.

Born in London in 1959, Wolfram was educated at Eton, Oxford and the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1979 at the age of 20, having already made significant contributions to particle physics and cosmology. In recognition of his early work in physics and computing, Wolfram in 1981 became the youngest recipient of a MacArthur Prize.

In the early 1980s, Wolfram made a series of discoveries about systems known as cellular automata, which have yielded insights in physics, mathematics, computer science, biology and other fields. In 1986 he founded Wolfram Research Inc., and began the creation of Mathematica, now the world’s leading software system for technical computing and symbolic programming and the tool that made A New Kind of Science possible.

Over the past decade Wolfram has divided his time between the leadership of his company and his pursuit of basic science.
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