Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stephen Wolfram's Science - Greg Egan

"Wolfram dismisses recent work in quantum gravity which points to related ideas, because it doesn't go far enough and subsume quantum mechanics itself under the banner of universality. This is a pattern repeated throughout the book: Wolfram credits other scientists begrudgingly, and even those who laid the foundations for his own work are chided for missing the point. Sometimes a touch of egotism can bring a science book to life, but as a poet of braggadocio Wolfram is closer to Mike Tyson than Muhammad Ali."

4 out of 5

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