Thursday, 18 July 2002

Wolfram and others

Listening to:

Haydn, piano sonata no 43 in E flat major, Hob. XVI: 28. (Now that's a complicated cataloguing scheme: Roman numerals, a colon and then arabic numerals.)

In January last year, I complained about an article about Stephen Wolfram and his then forthcoming new book. Now the book is out, and it's called A new kind of science. It's not getting particularly good reviews: it’s arrogant and immodest (self-published), and some of the science is wrong. (A summary page of links to lots of reviews.)

This page (go to "advanced search") allows you to find out how many people born on the same day as you have died. Morbid, huh?

Mathematical Lego Sculptures. ’Nuff said.

Finally, interesting linguistics: why, how and when people learn languages. Answers to questions like where do kids get their accents from? and others.

The last straw was when the developers’ kit for Windows 95 came out on 12 CDs, Kent remarks. The entire human genome fits on one CD. You can't tell me [software] needs to be that complicated. - SD Magazine