30 Jun 2002 motters   » (Master)

I've started reading the much touted book by Stephen Wolfram, "A new kind of science". It's a considerable tome, being just about the right size and weight to prop open a heavy door, and thus far I've only read the first couple of chapters.

There seem to be some pretty big claims made in the first chapter, including one about possible AI applications, but thus far into the book nothing really exciting seems to have happened. Nevertheless I've written a little VB program to demonstrate the one dimensional cellular automata which is described. Most of the patterns produced are pretty boring, but there are a few which appear chaotic. I think my rule numbers aren't quite the same as those in the book, but the patterns are the same.


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