Stephen Wolfram, an undeniable genius and creator of the fantastic Mathematica software program, published A New Kind of Science in 2002. It had been highly publicized and was eagerly awaited by many scientists and laymen alike. I recently got a copy, and while I am far from finished (it is nearly 1300 pages with notes) I have read enough that I would like to discuss it. Since I haven't finished it yet, I will refrain from giving a positive or negative recommendation. However, so far I am pretty dissapointed. Wolfram claims that this book will revolutionize science (heck, just read the title), but I have yet to see anything much beyond idle curiosities. His "new kind of science" (that's the only way he refers to it - guess he couldn't come up with a decent name) is based upon cellular automata, which are a simple computational objects that change state based upon the state of their neighbors and a simple set of rules. The underlying thesis is that these very simple objects can produce very complex patterns and behaviors. Hence, Wolfram believes that almost any natural system can be reproduced using an appropriate set of automata and rules. I am truly fascinated by this idea, as this might be a solution to some of the more complicated modeling challenges, such as turbulent flow. However, I am skeptical as to how far this can truly be applied. I will continue to read it, and I figure I'll be done sometime in the next decade. Until then, I was curious if anyone else here had read it, and what your opinion is.