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A New Kind of Science

I just got my copy of Stephen Wolfram's magnum opus, and it is a book to fill you with questions. For example, how can a guy be smart enough to single-handedly discover and explore a new branch of science, and yet not have the sense to hire an editor?

The text reads like B-movie mad scientist ( at least in the introductory bits ), but the pictures tell the story, like they always will. It seems we have a case of a megalomaniacal lone genius who is actually the real deal.

I am blown away by this book - my mind has been doing somersaults all evening, and that is only after reading the captions. This is the best of books. And at 10 lbs, it's perfect for pressing cheese or hurling at that not-so-significant other, especially when that other is a cat who has just devoured another one of your marigolds.

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