Chapter 7: Mechanisms in Programs and Nature

Section 5: The Intrinsic Generation of Randomness

Randomness in Mathematica

SeedRandom[n] is the function that sets up the initial conditions for the cellular automaton. The idea of using this kind of system in general and this system in particular as a source of randomness was described in my 1987 U.S. patent number 4,691,291.

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