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Julie Wernert

Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2003

Stephen Wolfram to speak on computer modeling of nature at IU Bloomington

Physicist and computer scientist Stephen Wolfram will discuss his recent book, A New Kind of Science, and answer audience questions April 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union's Alumni Hall on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In his talk Wolfram will take on nothing less than the universe itself, suggesting new ways in which mathematicians and scientists might approach the modeling of complex natural phenomena.

Wolfram, who created the comprehensive math software suite Mathematica, is also known among scholars for having shown that even the simplest computer models can yield complex, practically natural behavior. He has tackled a remarkable array of fundamental problems in science including the origins of apparent randomness in physical systems, the development of complexity in biology, the ultimate scope and limitations of mathematics, the fundamental theory of physics, the interplay between free will and determinism, and the character of intelligence in the universe.

Wolfram's lecture is sponsored by IU's Pervasive Technology Laboratories and the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology.

For more information or if you require special accommodations, contact Julie Wernert at 812-856-5517 or