Oggi A New Kind of Science, il libro di Stephen Wolfram (allora noto “soltanto” per essere il giovane genio che aveva scritto Mathematica, e oggi anche per il successo di Wolfram|Alpha), compie 10 anni. Ha tenuto fede alle attese dell’autore? E quali sono le sue prospettive?
Ce lo dice lui stesso (con la sua consueta candida modestia).
Today ten years have passed since A New Kind of Science (”the NKS book”) was published. But in many ways the development that started with the book is still only just beginning. And over the next several decades I think its effects will inexorably become ever more obvious and important.
Indeed, even at an everyday level I expect that in time there will be all sorts of visible reminders of NKS all around us. Today we are continually exposed to technology and engineering that is directly descended from the development of the mathematical approach to science that began in earnest three centuries ago. Sometime hence I believe a large portion of our technology will instead come from NKS ideas. It will not be created incrementally from components whose behavior we can analyze with traditional mathematics and related methods. Rather it will in effect be “mined” by searching the abstract computational universe of possible simple programs.