Using Simple to Make the Complex
Exploring Cellular Automata with Real Studio
Issue: 9.6 (September/October 2011)
Author: Johnathan Mercer
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In this article we will feel some of the exhilaration the prodigy Stephen Wolfram must have felt when he realized that simple rules could produce complex phenomena. His conviction in the potential for this new approach to modeling nature compelled him through a decade of research that culminated in his book A New Kind of Science.
Stephen first became interested in complex systems when he was 12 years old, publishing his first scientific paper when he was 15, and obtaining a PhD in particle physics form Caltech by the time he was 20! Throughout his scientific research Wolfram developed software to conduct experiments and this became the foundation for what was to become Mathematica, the popular commercial scientific computing platform. Now, you could buy Mathematica for an "arm and leg" and relatively easily conduct the same investigation we will pursue in this article. But where's the fun in that?
I am going to show you that in just a few late nights hacking in REAL Studio you can build a framework for your own experiments—just like Wolfram did!
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