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Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram is an acclaimed scientist, inventor, and author, renowned for his contributions to the fields of computational science and theoretical physics. Born on August 29, 1959, in London, England, Wolfram displayed exceptional academic talents from a young age. He attended Eton College and later Oxford University, before receiving his PhD in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology at the age of 20. Wolfram's most notable work includes the creation of Mathematica, a powerful computational software, and the development of Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge engine. His groundbreaking book, "A New Kind of Science," published in 2002, presents a new approach to scientific discovery, emphasizing the role of computation in understanding the complexities of the natural world. A pioneer in the field of cellular automata, Wolfram's research has significantly impacted various scientific disciplines, including mathematics, physics, and computer science. His unique perspective on complexity and computation continues to influence contemporary scientific thought.

Books Mentioned on the Lex Fridman Podcast #124 with Stephen Wolfram: