Stephen Wolfram: What kind of science is this?

@article{Giles2002StephenWW,
  title={Stephen Wolfram: What kind of science is this?},
  author={Jim Giles},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={417},
  pages={216-218}
}
  • J. Giles
  • Published 16 May 2002
  • Education
  • Nature
Mathematical prodigy Stephen Wolfram has laboured for a decade on what he claims is a revolutionary book. Jim Giles meets a supremely confident scientific loner, but finds expert opinion on the work's merits divided. 

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