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How does one take thousands of data domains, and tens of thousands of models
and algorithms, and make it so that anyone can get answers to their natural
Stephen Wolfram has been responsible for three revolutionary developments:
the Mathematica computation system, A New Kind of Science, and the
Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.
Wolfram was educated at Eton, Oxford and Caltech, receiving his PhD in
theoretical physics at the age of 20. Wolfram’s work on basic science led
him to a series of fundamental discoveries about the computational universe
of possible programs. Summarized in his best-selling 2002 book A New Kind
of Science, these discoveries have not only launched major new directions in
basic research, but have also led to breakthroughs in scientific modeling in
physical, biological and social domains—-as well as defining a broad new
basis for technology discovery.
Launched in 1988, Mathematica has revolutionized the way technical
computation is done, and has been responsible for countless advances over
the past two decades. Starting from a set of fundamental principles devised
by Wolfram, Mathematica has continually grown, integrating more and more
algorithmic domains, and spawning such technologies as the Computable
Document Format (CDF).
Building on Mathematica and A New Kind of Science, Wolfram in 2009 launched
Wolfram|Alpha—-an ambitious, long-term project to make as much of the
world’s knowledge as possible computable, and accessible to everyone. Used
every day on the web and through apps by millions of people around the
world, Wolfram|Alpha defines a fundamentally new kind of computing platform
that is turning science-fiction computer intelligence into reality.
In addition to his scientific and technical achievements, Wolfram has been
the CEO of Wolfram Research since its founding in 1987. Under Wolfram’s
leadership, Wolfram Research has become one of the world’s most respected
software companies, as well as a powerhouse of technical and intellectual
innovation, and a major contributor to education and research around the world.
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