SOURCE: Wolfram Media

September 21, 2010 12:10 ET

A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram Now Available for Apple iPad

CHAMPAIGN, IL--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) -  Wolfram Media today announced the release of A New Kind of Science (NKS) for the iPad, making Stephen Wolfram's groundbreaking bestseller more accessible anywhere, anytime. The digital NKS experience is available on the App Store today for only $9.99. NKS presents a series of surprising and dramatic discoveries that offer a whole new way of looking at the world, and has inspired revolutionary developments in many fields, including physics, biology, computer science, mathematics, technology, philosophy, and the social sciences.

NKS for the iPad provides the original NKS text in a format optimized for the iPad. The text has been converted into a sleek, easy-to-use digital NKS experience that goes anywhere on your iPad, making it more accessible to new generations of students, scientists, and big thinkers. Readers will now be able to view 973 NKS illustrations more vividly than ever before using NKS for the iPad, which brings Wolfram's revolutionary discoveries to life.

"It has become increasingly clear to me that NKS is not only of central importance to science, but also to technological innovation," said Stephen Wolfram, CEO and founder of Wolfram Research. "NKS has not only spurred the evolution of Mathematica, it has also led to the creation of an entirely new genre of products, such as Wolfram|Alpha, our computational knowledge engine."

In A New Kind of Science, Wolfram shows that by thinking in terms of simple programs instead of mathematical equations, it becomes possible to capture the essential mechanisms of many systems in nature that have eluded scientific analysis -- often for centuries. Wolfram provides new insight into a remarkable array of fundamental questions, including how biology produces complexity, how randomness arises in physics, what space and time fundamentally are, how there can be both free will and determinism, how general mathematics really is, and what ultimate limits there are to science. These discoveries suggest new kinds of technology, many of which have been further developed since NKS's original release in May 2002.

Stephen Wolfram is widely regarded as one of the world's most original scientists, as well as a leading innovator in scientific and technical computing. Perhaps best known as the inventor behind Mathematica, Wolfram is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, Inc.

In May 2009, Wolfram launched the computational knowledge engine Wolfram|Alpha, an ambitious project aiming to make the world's data computable and available to anyone:

NKS concepts are incorporated in Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, and A New Kind of Science for the iPad is a way for users to further explore Wolfram's lifelong quest for computable knowledge in a portable format.

To purchase NKS for the iPad, please visit the App Store.

To read more about NKS for the iPad, visit Stephen Wolfram's personal blog.

The NKS App for the iPad is released in association with Touch Press.

Wolfram|Alpha powers the ebook content for Touch Press books like The Elements: A Visual Exploration for the iPhone and iPad.

For more information about A New Kind of Science, visit the Wolfram Science site.

For more information about Stephen Wolfram, you can visit his website.