Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence

Section 10: Intelligence in the Universe


Trying to reverse engineer source code in a programming language like C from machine code output by compilers involves in effect trying to deduce higher-level purposes from lower-level computational steps. And normally this can be done with any reliability only when the machine code represents a fairly direct translation that has not been extensively rearranged or optimized.

From Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science [citation]