A New Kind of Science, by Stephen Wolfram, (c) 2002.
This book has been hyped enough to deserve its own thread, I think, particularly if it is as multi-faceted as has been claimed. From my quick reading about it, it seems this book focuses on algorithms and their applicability to complexity, and from there to all sorts of scientific and human endeavors.
From the description:
This long-awaited work from one of the world's most respected scientists presents a series of dramatic discoveries never before made public. Starting from a collection of simple computer experiments---illustrated in the book by striking computer graphics---Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the operation of our universe.
Wolfram uses his approach to tackle a remarkable array of fundamental problems in science: from the origin of the Second Law of thermodynamics, to the development of complexity in biology, the computational limitations of mathematics, the possibility of a truly fundamental theory of physics, and the interplay between free will and determinism.
Wired article on the premises of the book and its creation: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/1...olfram_pr.html
NYT review: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/09/bo...t&position=top
Available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...676768-4087223
So has anyone read it? Or at least skimmed it? How valid are his theses?
I'm going to take a look as soon as I get to a bookstore next.