3R3. A New Kind of Science. - S Wolfram (Wolfram Res Inc, 100 Trade Center Dr, Champaign IL 61820-7237). Wolfram Media, Champaign, IL. 2002. 1197 pp. ISBN 1-57955-008-8. $44.95.

Reviewed by M Gad-el-Hak (Eng Build, Rm 303, Virginia Commonwealth Univ, 601 W Main St, PO Box 843015, Richmond, VA 23284-3015).

Reviewing A New Kind of Science is like stepping in a minefield. The danger lies in going against the deluge of praise, proving relevance to this audience, and arguing against the proposed new science that allegedly is set to replace science, as we know it. Those issues will be addressed in turn, but first a brief background. Stephen Wolfram is considered by many to have been a child prodigy: first journal paper in particle physics at age 15; a stint at Oxford; PhD from Caltech at 20; youngest recipient...

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