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A New Kind of Science for the iPad

If you haven't read Stephen Wolfram's classic breakthrough book, now's the time. The enhanced iPad version lets you zoom in to thousands of stunning algorithmic graphics to reveal never-before-seen features of the computational universe. And your whole iPad is just a quarter the weight of the 1280-page print book!

Find out why so many leaders in science, technology, business, and the arts have studied Wolfram's book, get up to speed on this twenty-first-century intellectual paradigm shift... and learn where revolutionary innovations like Wolfram|Alpha come from.

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Read Stephen Wolfram's blog post about the release of NKS for the iPad

Original Book Description

This long-awaited work from one of the world's most respected scientists presents a series of dramatic discoveries never before made public. Starting from a collection of simple computer experiments—illustrated in the book by striking computer graphics—Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the operation of our universe.

Wolfram uses his approach to tackle a remarkable array of fundamental problems in science, from the origins of apparent randomness in physical systems to the development of complexity in biology, the ultimate scope and limitations of mathematics, the possibility of a truly fundamental theory of physics, the interplay between free will and determinism, and the character of intelligence in the universe.

Written with exceptional clarity, and illustrated by nearly a thousand original pictures, this seminal book allows scientists and non-scientists alike to participate in what promises to be a major intellectual revolution.


  • Preface
  • The Foundations for a New Kind of Science
  • The Crucial Experiment
  • The World of Simple Programs
  • Systems Based on Numbers
  • Two Dimensions and Beyond
  • Starting from Randomness
  • Mechanisms in Programs and Nature
  • Implications for Everyday Systems
  • Fundamental Physics
  • Processes of Perception and Analysis
  • The Notion of Computation
  • The Principle of Computational Equivalence
  • Notes
  • Index

Praise for A New Kind of Science

This is more than just a book: it is a phenomenon, a paradigm shift....

New Scientist

A New Kind of Science is a book that simply cannot be ignored.... Such a book appears only once every few decades.


There is so much in the book that it will be years, literally years, before people assimilate it.

The New York Times

Stephen's magnum opus may be the book of the decade, if not the century.

Arthur C. Clarke

About the Author

Stephen Wolfram was born in London and educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech. He received his PhD in theoretical physics in 1979 at the age of 20, and in the early 1980s made a series of discoveries that launched the field of "complex systems research". In 1986, he began the development of Mathematica, the primary software system now used for technical computing worldwide, and the tool that made A New Kind of Science possible. Wolfram is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, Inc., the world's leading technical software company, and the creator of Wolfram|Alpha, the breakthrough computational knowledge engine released in 2009.

  • Author: Stephen Wolfram
  • Hardcover: $44.95  1280 pages
  • Paperback: $14.95  1280 pages
  • Kindle: $9.99  1280 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfram Media, Inc.
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-57955-008-0 (hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-57955-025-7 (paperback)