Chapter 3: The World of Simple Programs

Section 12: How the Discoveries in This Chapter Were Made

Practicalities [of computer experiments]

The investigations described in this chapter were done using Mathematica, mostly in 1992. For larger searches, I sometimes created optimized C programs that were controlled via MathLink from within Mathematica—though with the versions of Mathematica that exist today this would now be unnecessary. For my very largest searches, I used Mathematica to dispatch programs to a large number of different computers on a network, then had the computers send me email whenever they found interesting results. (See also page 854.)

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