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Journal 10: Stephen Wolfram
December 6, 2011, 4:35 am
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Stephen Wolfram is definitely a modern day genius.

Born in London, England in 1959, Stephen was like most genius, a hard-to-teach student. The guy didn’t even finish college; he was granted an honorary Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology at the age of twenty for his studies on particle physics. He then joined the staff at the CIT and worked there until he left to form his own company, Wolfram Research LCC.

What really surprised me about this guy were his creations. Wolfram and his team of researchers developed Mathematica, one of the most used computational software on the market and a very important engineering tool today. Not content with that, he also developed Wolfram Alpha, an answer-engine that answers almost any question. Wolfram Alpha can compute mathematical, biological, chemical and social problems as well as giving definition to many words, etc.; some people even believe that Wolfram Alpha will one day be the most used search engine in the world.

Wolfram envisioned this website and based it on his book “A New Kind of Science”. In his book, Wolfram states that most scientific problems can be resolved using only simple computations, which he calls simple programs. He also argues that computation is an essential aspect of science and believes that computation is the science in between engineering and mathematics since it’s derived from both, therefore the title refers to computation itself.

As of today, Stephen Wolfram continues to explore the complexity of life through simple computations.

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