#637: Stephen Wolfram — Personal Productivity Systems, Richard Feynman Stories, Computational Thinking as a Superpower, Perceiving a Branching Universe, and The Ruliad... The Biggest Object in Metascience
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Stephen Wolfram (@stephen_wolfram) is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; the originator of the Wolfram Physics Project; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of more than 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.
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[06:58] How Stephen collects information for his vast personal archives.
[08:40] When a situation warrants building a matrix.
[12:31] Science sometimes makes us look far back to move incrementally forward.
[17:49] Befriending the computational.
[22:59] How technology helps us navigate natural language.
[32:30] How Stephen chose subjects for his book Idea Makers.
[35:09] On spending time with Richard Feynman.
[37:33] Thoughts on Srinivasa Ramanujan.
[39:57] When Stephen started solving science problems with computers.
[42:00] Heresies today, gospels tomorrow.
[50:14] Ruminations on the ruliad.
[1:03:46] What is time?
[1:12:03] What constitutes consciousness?
[1:15:56] Personal infrastructure and productivity.
[1:23:25] Maintaining energy in the midst of a busy life.
[1:29:37] Avoiding once-inevitable sickness after air travel.
[1:31:50] Making time count — in sickness and in health.
[1:32:45] Parting thoughts.
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