Chapter 2: The Crucial Experiment

By Xah Lee. Date:

how do simple programs behave

gives a basic introduction to simple 1D CA.

Says that rule 30's mid line passes all known algorithm of for randomness.

Shows that rule 110's has amazing random/organized behavior.

the need for a new intuition. p39

2 page non-tech commentary on why simple program creating complexity is counter-intuitive thus it needs a new intuition for its development.

why these discoveries were not made before p42

non-tech commentary on why “simple program creating complexity” is not discovered before. Summary:

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A New Kind of Science

  1. Chapter 1: The Foundations For A New Kind Of Science
  2. Chapter 2: The Crucial Experiment
  3. Chapter 3: The World Of Simple Programs
  4. Chapter 4: Systems Based On Numbers
  5. Chapter 5: 2 Dimensions And Beyond
  6. Chapter 6: Starting From Randomness
  7. Chapter 10: Process Of Perception And Analysis