Moments of life by Stephen Wolfram — Creator of Mathematica, Wolfam|Alpha, A New Kind Of Science, and much more

The original post in my personal blog

I was lucky enough to meet personally with Stephen Wolfram at the First Russian conference “Wolfram technologies”, which was held in 2013 in St. Petersburg state University. After we crossed at the teleconference Stephen at Digital October. Recordings of those performances you’ll find below (sorry, the video from the conference, no translation).

Stephen Wolfram is very interesting man: he attracts not only a spectacular mind, all the historical IT belgradom (after all, he personally worked and knows almost everyone we can think of, from Steve jobs to his mentor Richard Feynman), his glory “surgica” (which is only its continuous collection and analysis of all the data about yourself), etc.
I think a lot of (or interested in) the IT industry will be interesting (even useful) to look at his life from childhood to create one of the first computer algebra systems (SMP — which then formed the basis of Mathematica), participation in the creation of the language of the aliens from “the Arrival”, hearings of the U.S. Congress on artificial intelligence and much more.

This post consists mainly of illustrations (photos, screenshots, etc.), but it is also very important that it contains a lot of links to articles Stephen (many translated into Russian language and I am glad that in most of the cases I was involved his direct participation).

The basis of this post went to page Stephen about yourself.

Stephen Wolfram on the First Russian Wolfram technology conference

Stephen Wolfram at Digital October.

1964-1976: the Early years

1964: four years of contemplative…

1965: the dawn of mind…

1964: a house with a furry friend…

First post … (in the journal elementary school before moving on just for the prose)

1966: probera the ancient world…

1967(?): selfie…

1967: “He is full of spirit and determination…”

1969: Watching the landing on the moon… (live sketches live)

1971: arrived 12 years… (summer summary physics with a typewriter and a pen)

1972: Turns 13, and Steven sums up what he knows about particle physics…

1974: a treatise on elementary particle physics… (a more complex math in fourteen years…)

1973: Beginning programming… (paper tape for computer Elliot 90 with 8192 word 18-bit memory.)

1975: Publication of articles in physics…
The Article “Hadronic Electrons?” (1975)

1976: At Eaton… (does he still knows how to tie a bow tie?)

1976: Calculations based on particle physics… or the life to Mathematica

1976-1982: Quarks and what happened next…

1978: the Teen-physicist in the field of elementary particles…

1978: Spontaneous symmetry breaking…

More photos

1979: acquisition of the title of Professor…

1976: Science with graphs by hand…
The article “Lepton Energy Spectra in e+ e – Annihilation and Other Processes” (1977)

1977: First work on cosmology…
The article “Abundances of New Stable Particles Produced in the Early Universe” (1979)

1979: Figuring out what areas may exist for t-quark
The article “Bounds on Particle Masses in the Weinberg-Salam Model” (1979)

1978: Computer algebra as a secret weapon…
The article “Tests for Planar Events in e+e – Annihilation” (1979)

1980: Almost expanding universe…
The article “theParton and Hadron Production in e+e – Annihilation” (1980)

1981: a Small article in the press…

1981: the direct ancestor of the system Mathematica
User manual SMP
Summaries of SMP

1982: the Complex structure…

1982: How much energy is in the empty space?
The article “Properties of the Vacuum. 1. Mechanical and Thermodynamic” (1983)

1982: Numerical calculation in the service of quantum field theory…
The article “Properties of the Vacuum. 2. Electrodynamic” (1983)

1981-1985: discoveries in the field of cellular automata

1982: In the midst of the great scientific discoveries…

1981: Figuring out what make cellular automata… (on line-printer)

1983: First paper on cellular automata…
The article “Statistical Mechanics of Cellular Automata” (1983)

Rules 90 and 150: cellular automaton generates fractals…

1983: Virtual systematics: the discovery of the four classes of cellular automata…

1984: Yes, the shell looks like a cellular automaton on the screen…
(Sorry, shell is turned upside down …)

1984: Cellular automata machine Sun-2, which is located up the stairs from the old office Einstein…

Classes of Tungsten appear in print…
The article “Universality and Complexity in Cellular Automata” (1984)

Part of the “zoo” 4 th grade

1984: Cellular automata honored to decorate the cover of the journal Nature
The article “Cellular Automata as Models of Complexity” (1984)

1984: the horror! Two-step state machine for rule 18…
The article “Cellular Automata as Models of Complexity” (1984)

1984: Some new notes in Scientific American…
The article “Cellular Automata as Models of Complexity” (1984)

1985: Cellular automata in 2 dimensions…

1984: the horror! Two-step state machine for rule 18…

1984: Some new notes in Scientific American…
The article “Computer Software in Science and Mathematics” (1984)

1985: Cellular automata in 2 dimensions…

1985: Short, clear and totally understandable…
The article “Undecidability and Intractability in Theoretical Physics” (1985)

1984-1987: Construction of research complex systems

1984: rule 30 in all its glory…
(Rule is simple; the initial conditions are simple; the picture is very complex).
The article “Random Sequence Generation by Cellular Automata” (1986)

1984: Feynman is trying to prove that Wolfram is wrong…

1985: the advice of a friend (mostly) not accepted… (or look at the opinion of Richard Feynman about the world…)

1985: Patenting the ideas about cellular automata…

1984: Business on cellular automata: memorabilia cards… (Some are still available…)

1985: the Application of cellular automata to fluid dynamics…
Relevant article: “Thermodynamics and Hydrodynamics of Cellular Automata” (1985)
Theoretical article: “Cellular Automaton Fluids: Basic Theory” (1986)

1986: the First collection of articles about cellular automata…
(On the cover of the cellular automaton rule 110)

1986: the state of the cellular automata in 1986…

1986: launch of the journal Complex Systems…
http://www.complex-systems.com/

1987: to summarize information about complex systems before leaving this area…

More photos

1987: Pretty good prediction technology… (management of student team in the competition Apple)

1986-1990: The Emergence Of Mathematica

1987: it All starts with the C code…

More photos

1987: Mathematica alive! A program in Mathematica before it was called Mathematica

1987: Omega, Polymath, Technique… and finally …Mathematica… (Think about the possibilities of creating a logo for Mathesaurus…)

23 June 1988: Mathematica is born…

23 June 1988: Mathematica Version 1…
(It is beginning to deliver on the same day in which was announced.)

June 23, 1988, Published a book about Mathematica
(this is not a modern book about Mathematica)
The text of the book

June 24, 1988: the next day, Mathematica is already a hit…

1988: Mathematica comes bundled with every NeXT computer…

1988: the First poster Mathematica

1989: a short phase with a beard…

1989: a gift from the company on 30th anniversary…
(Promotion t-shirt, General Director…)

1989: Apple and albert promote Mathematica

1990: the First conference devoted to Mathematica

1989-1999: Mathematica grows

1990: Launch of the journal The Mathematica Journal…
http://www.mathematica-journal.com/

1989: a parody of the speech of the Director General…

1991: preparing for the advent of Mathematica 2…

1991: Posing for the release of Mathematica 2…

1991: Mathematica 2 is released…
(The book now contains 961 page…)
The text of the book

1992: Mathematica wins awards of all shapes and sizes…

1992: Mathematica is distributed worldwide…

1993: Posing with the staff on the fifth anniversary of Mathematica…

1995: a Rare tie…

1995: more and more books about Mathematica
Current list of books…

1996: Release of Mathematica 3…
(The book is about her now has 1403 page …)
The text of the book

1996: the cry in an interview…

1996: On the way to promote Mathematica 3…

1998: Posing with staff on the 10th anniversary of the system Mathematica

1998: Mathematica 10 years…
http://library.wolfram.com/conferences/conference98/

1999: Release of Mathematica 4…
(The book is about her now has 1407 pages …)
The text of the book

1991-2002

1992: data Collection for the book A New Kind of Science (New science)…
(look at the left hand, what a great list…).

1994: In “sweat” while working on the book A New Kind of Science (New science)…
(Look at those old computers …)

1994: data Collection for the New science…

1995: This image was supposed to appear on the back of the book A New Kind of Science (New science), but it was too early…

1996: Photo for NKS book (the photographer ate the cabbage…)

1996: by never ends …
(each point corresponds to a letter, written in the decade)

1997: Cellular automata as inspiring office art…
http://www.graphica.com/see-it/

2000: took 6000 books to make A New Kind of Science (New science)…
Full list of books

1992-2000: How would look like the cover of the book A New Kind of Science (New science)…
(Can you tell which belongs to the big publisher from new York?)

1997: the shells for the science…
(If they are painted all one rule for a cellular automaton?)

1999: Rule 30 fills the pages of Newspapers…

1998: Pushing forward the technology of printing…
(Requires a lot of dots to print an image of a cellular automaton…)

2002: Posing for the dust jacket: a little tired, but happy that I completed writing the book A New Kind of Science (New science)…

2002 Book A New Kind of Science (NKS) (New kind of science) is published

2002: Ugh! The work of a perfectionist will never end: PostScript error appears while printing, on page 157 of NKS …

2002: the fine print on old technologies: a bunch of printed sheets NKS immediately after hot press…

2002: NKS, finally, printed…

2002: Signing NKS for friends and employees …

2002: As software development: Assembly final night…NKS

2002: NKS, Each book is unique…
(Look at the back cover)

2002: the Book NKS excites the print…

2002: A New Kind of Science in the form of a poster: all the same words, but slightly less…

14 may 2002: opening of the site www.wolframscience.com

2002: NKS occupies the No. 1 position on the Amazon website…

2002: NKS falls on Main Street…

2002: NKS stirred media…

2002-2007: the Rise NKS…

2002-2003: NKS tour of 50 cities (list of cities )…

2002: “award” means that you need to pick it up…
(Academic year 2002)

2002: Solo server room grows

2003: NKS on TV…

2003: first NKS Summer school…
(On Board recording other lecturers NKS)

2003: First conference on NKS…

2003: Release of Mathematica 5… (15-th anniversary Mathematica 1)
Documentation 5 version

The number of links to NKS is growing…
Full list

2004: NKS as art in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (new York)…

2005: Launched the website WolframTones…
http://tones.wolfram.com/

2004: book of the NKS goes online…
Full text

2007: Favorite cellular automata students of the Summer school NKS for 5 years…

2006-2009: Update Mathematica,… NKS and Wolfram|Alpha…

2007: You never know where you will see the book NKS (NKS Book on the table in the TV show Numb3rs, running in Prime time)

2007: Award established and awarded for the elucidation of the properties of the simplest universal Turing machine (and the principle of computational equivalence gets another important proof)
Read more…

2007: Creation of the first demonstration, Wolfram Demonstrations Project

May 1, 2007: a revolution in Mathematica
Documentation of the 6-th version

2007: the Beginning of the blog… http://blog.wolfram.com
Blog By Stephen Wolfram

2008: Mathematica is growing exponentially…
(Which requires tens of thousands of hours of development)
Documentation 7-th version

2006: the Concept of Wolfram|Alpha, it starts…
(Earlier and much more modest prototype)

2009: the first glimpses of Wolfram|Alpha…
the website http://www.wolframalpha.com/
blog http://blog.wolframalpha.com/

2009: In anticipation of the Wolfram|Alpha

2009: Wolfram|Alpha: testing, testing…
(May 7, 2009, 3:19 PM CDT — www.wolframalpha.com comes to life for a test and in minutes its users open worldwide)

2009: Ready press the start button, Wolfram|Alpha

2009: We launched Wolfram|Alpha!
(May 15, 2009, 9 PM CDT — And, no, it was not juggling)

2009 – present

2009: August 29, 1959, 9:55 am — in a minute will be 50 years

2009: Wolfram | Alpha goes mobile

2009: People like Wolfram|Alpha… product of the year…

2010: Announcement of the 4th project at TED

15 Nov 2010: the Release of Mathematica 8
Documentation 8-th version

21 July 2011: the Emergence of a CDF (format computed documents)
Read more…

May 15, 2012: release of the Wolfram Finance Platform
Read more…

May 23, 2012: the Release of Wolfram SystemModeler
Read more…

28 Nov 2012: Release of Mathematica 9
Read more…

2011: Built chronology of the development of systematic data
The website…
Post…

2013: the Debut of Wolfram Language at the SXSW conference

2014: the Wolfram Language is so compact that it is possible to write programs that fit in one tweet. Open the Tweet-a-Program.
Post…

2015: the neural network earned! (computer vision in the Wolfram Language)
Translation of the post on Habrahabr…
The Website ImageIdentify.com

2015: Mathematica was 27
So much invented, so much new to the language… but the version 1 still works!
View tweet…

2015: building a Steady stack of technologies… (10,000 days of development Mathematica)
View tweet…

2015: Wolfram Language: an elementary introduction…
Read a book online…
Translation of the post on Habrahabr…

2016: Is Wolfram Language…

2018: Mathematica celebrated its 30th anniversary!
Read the post…
Read the tweet…

2012: Personal Analytics Facebook
Read the post…

2012: Next generation programs on the fly quadcopter
Watch the video…
Read the post…
The Website Of Christopher Tungsten…

2012: Analyzing personal data (the “measured” people)
Read the post…
Update 2017-year…

2012: national Museum of mathematics (helped create it)
Read the post…

2012: First summer school Wolfram
The website…

2012-2016: travel around the world…
View tweet…

2013: Trying to make Wolfram|Alpha… but 300 years early…
(photograph mechanical computer Leibniz)
To read a translation of the post on Habrahabr…

2015: Day of PI century… with Wolfie…
To read a translation of the post on Habrahabr…

2015: Hollywood, aliens, graphics…
(With Christopher help the team film the Arrival)
Read the post…

2015: What is space-time really is?
Overview of the 100-year development of the theory of relativity
To read a translation of the post on Habrahabr…

2016: the Lives and ideas of great people…
Read the post…

2017–present: live broadcasts on the development of the Wolfram Language
Archive…
YouTube broadcast…

The 2000s: making open live and in public…
(Live experiment with the Wolfram Language)
Read the post…

2017: business Cards with Rule 30 (for cellular automata)
Read the tweet…

2017: the Railway station is decorated with a pattern of Rule 30
Read the post…

2017: A New Kind of Science (book “a New kind of science”) online and in high resolution.
The website…

2017: Solar Eclipse!
(predicted with pinpoint accuracy using the Wolfram Language)
Read the post…

2017: a Field study…
Read the post…

2019: exploring the possibility of their health…
Read the post…

2019: the Collector of gadgets — and not very useful…
Read the post…

2019: A New Kind of Science reached the moon…
(Analysis of the landing station)
Read the tweet…
Study analysis…

2019: testimony at the U.S. Senate (Council on artificial intelligence)
Read the post…

2019: Repeat photo of 52-year-old… (the tree grew; the Church is already 2400 years in the same place)
Read the tweet…

2019: Walk: record the number of steps…
Read the tweet…

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