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Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business.

On his podcast, Stephen discusses topics ranging from the history of science to the future of civilization and ethics of AI.

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Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking—and has been responsible for many discoveries, inventions and innovations in science, technology and business.

On his podcast, Stephen discusses topics ranging from the history of science to the future of civilization and ethics of AI.

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 28, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 28, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series.

    Questions  include: Is the number 0 a natural or an integer number? - How do you  do calculus on round object like spheres or donuts? - If you could  change how we measure time, would you and to what? - ​I've read that  their is/are giant clouds of (methyl) alcohol in space. Can it be a  possibility that those clouds of alcohol have to chance to potentially  "sanitize" microbes that one day could lead to complex and or  intelligent life? - Speaking of the Romans, do you think Latin is a  better language than English for science and mathematics? - How can we  get the slope of hills when the earth is round and not flat picture of a  curve? - How can one achieve file fragmentation in a filesystem  designed for archive files? For example how can one append x number of  sectors to a static list of Tar Posix Headers and file data sections. -  Do you have any ideas on how to solve protein folding? Would your math  research help with this problem? - ​Is there a relation between the  classification of finite simple groups and your physics theory?

    See the full Q&A video playlist: wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 21, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 21, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series.

    Questions include: Why does matter and anti-matter annihilate when they come together? What is the mechanism behind an electron and a positron to convert to energy when they meet? Saying that they are of opposite charges doesn't really explain it - So entropy always tends towards the lowest energy state? - What is the most "scientifically" interesting place you have visited? - How long does the "virtual photon" live before it converts into a pair of particles? - Why do humans have unique fingerprints, iris etc? and do other creatures also have these features?? - What is your favorite unsolved problem? - If you could go back in time and help a legendary scientist solve a problem, who and what would it be? - What is the oldest known and unknown civilization which had the notion of universe and mathematics?

    See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 14, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 14, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series.

    Questions include: What is dark matter? - Why is the Sun's corona hotter than its core? - Are white holes only theoretical or are they real? Is a black hole a sphere with condensed light and matter? or does all that light and matter go somewhere? - A question from 8 years old boy from Houston enjoying this stream but can't stop himself from asking: is it possible now to clone a dinosaur (given that proper quality DNA material will be found)? - How can we tell the difference between science and pseudoscience? - In convection, what drives the flow of air/fluid in the first place? is it just the potential energy stored in the temperature gradient? - Is there any possibility of creation of dark matter in fusion reactors like tokomak? - Why is the moon the same size as the sun? [from what we see on Earth] - What do you do for fun?

    See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 7, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [August 7, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series.

    Questions include: What is the difference between fusion and fission? - What is the difference between regular helium, like those in balloons, and Helium-3? - Can you explain the physics of why ice is slippery? - Would you mind explaining Van der Waals force? - Does quantum mechanical tunneling play much of a role in nuclear fusion? - ​Are you planning on ever releasing the raw data of all the possible simple programs you generated while working on "A New Kind of Science"?  - When Andromeda collides with the Milkyway, what's going to happen to Life on Earth, neighboring planets and solar systems? - What advice would you give to someone who is starting to study analysis from scratch (i.e. from Zermelo Fraenkel axioms and so on)? - Speak about Einstein's correct prediction of the perihelion of Mercury when people realized Einstein's theory was better than Newton's. What might be the equivalent for the Wolfram Physics Project? - What gave you the confidence to study physics since you were a kid?. What advice would you give to a kid interested in learning that has an internet connection and a Raspberry Pi?

    See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [July 31, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [July 31, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series.

    Questions include: When will we run out of scientific innovations? Is there a limit to technology? - ​Is it possible to build a place without gravity? - Do you think there is anything between the known particles (and Planck length 10^-33) and your hypergraphs (at length 10^-93), such as another set of "elementary" particles? - Will technology allow for one true universal language [for the deaf, blind, romance languages, Arabic languages, Asian languages, computer languages, etc...], eliminating the need for translations? - Who is the leader in information technology at the moment (my guess is China!)? - Is there a relationship between computational irreducibility and the uncertainty principle from Quantum Mechanics? - Is there a formal definition of Number? - Why all electrons are same? - What temperature does a laser have? - How does a laser work? - How can galaxies retain their shape for billions of years? - Will it be possible to tell a joke in a symbolic discourse language. Who (and what) may find it funny? - You once said that when you were starting out, Feynman gave you a collection of his mathematical tricks for integration, which you didn't end up using. Have you published this? I would really really like to see his notes!

    See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [July 24, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram Q&A, For Kids (and others) [July 24, 2020]

    Stephen Wolfram answers general questions from his viewers about science and technology as part of an ongoing livestream series.

    Questions include: How did Alan Turning crack the Enigma Code? - Can you explain Newton seconds law of motion? - How much of science is kept secret, either classified by the military or waiting for monetization inside private research labs? - How should we understand the double-slit experiment with light? If light is made of particles whose quantum wave functions interfere, producing the diffraction pattern we see? Or is light an electromagnetic wave that produces an interference pattern like any other wave phenomenon? - Why does no time pass at the speed of light? - Computers were inspired in particular by Turing works, right? - Where does the word compute in English come from? - Why is the Von Neumann CPU architecture still dominating instead of more parallel solutions?

    See the full Q&A video playlist: https://wolfr.am/youtube-sw-qa

    • 1 hr 20 min

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