Chapter 8: Implications for Everyday Systems

Section 1: Issues of Modelling

Material for this chapter

Like the rest of this book, this chapter is strongly based on my personal work and observations. For almost all of the systems discussed I have personally collected extensive data and samples, often over the course of many years, and sometimes in quite unlikely and amusing circumstances. I have also tried to study the existing scientific literature, and indeed in working on this chapter I have looked at many thousands of papers and books—even though the vast majority of them tend to ignore overall issues, and instead concentrate on details of often excruciating specificity.

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