Humor related to A New Kind of Science

I have collected only a few items here. Please let me know if you have others to contribute.  Actually there is considerable humor in many of the reviews. There were also lots of funny comments on the Usenet discussions of the book.  In many cases, you had to read the whole thread. I'm too lazy to go back and find self-contained jokes from these many sources, but if you want to email me something you think might go well here, please do. If I like it I will place it here.  Let me know if you wish to be credited for it and I will mention your name in 7 point type along with the 300 other people that I have contacted concerning these matters. --- W. Edwin Clark  --

From: Ridiculopathy Daily

Wolfram Introduces A New Kind of Scientology  by Mark Arenz

"If you dare, you can examine a set of 256 simple cellular automata for yourself at an extra geeky portion of this website. For the interests of safety, this page has been separated from the rest of the site and his served on a souped-up TRS-80."

From: Slashdot Discussion

          Deep Thought by mikester911 on Tuesday May 21, @10:54AM

          "Can you give us the answer to life?", they asked the computer.

          Deep Thought pondered their question.

          "Yes," he said. "But it will be tricky. And first I have to write Mathematica."

"Smithers, release the monkeys."by Mark Fisher

An anonymous customer review at the site for ANKOS:

A New Kind of Review
by "a reader"

I can only imagine how fortunate you must feel to be reading my review. This review is the product of my lifetime of experience in meeting important people and thinking deep thoughts. This is a new kind of review, and will no doubt influence the way you think about the world around you and the way you think of yourself.

Bigger than infinity Although my review deserves thousands of pages to articulate, I am limiting many of my deeper thoughts to only single characters. I encourage readers of my review to dedicate the many years required to fully absorb the significance of what I am writing here. Fortunately, we live in exactly the time when my review can be widely disseminated by "internet"
technology and stored on "digital media", allowing current and future scholars to delve more deeply into my original and insightful use of commas, numbers, and letters.

My place in history My review allows, for the first time, a complete and total understanding not only of this but *every single* book ever written. I call this "the principle of book equivalence." Future generations will decide the relative merits of this review compared with, for example, the works of Shakespeare. This effort will open new realms of scholarship.

More about me I first began writing reviews as a small child, where my talent was clearly apparent to those around me, including my mother. She preserved my early writings which, although simpler in structure, portend elements of my current style. I include one of them below (which I call review 30) to indicate the scholarly pedigree of the document now in your hands or on your screen or committed to your memory:

"The guy who wrote the book is also the publisher of the book. I guess he's the only person smart enough to understand what's in it. When I'm older I too will use a vanity press. Then I can write all the pages I want."...

It is staggering to contemplate that all the great works of literature can be derived from the letters I use in writing this review. I am pleased to have shared them with you, and hereby grant you the liberty to use up to twenty (20) of them consecutively without attribution. Any use of additional characters in print must acknowledge this review as source material since it contains, implicitly or explicitly, all future written documents.

From Valley of the Geeks.Com

Wolfram's Law  by Zack Urlocker May 27, 2002

The article begins:

(Champaign, Illinois) With the publication of his new all-encompassing book, "A New Kind of Science", mathematics guru Stephen Wolfram has revealed a new scientific theory that unifies the fields of mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, and mini-golf. "After twenty years of study, I've finally discovered the true unifying theory of the universe," Wolfram explained. "Everyone else is an idiot. As a mathematical genius, I long suspected this. But now, I've got the proof, and the money, to back up my theories."

For the rest of this (so I won't be sued) go to

My book report on /A New Kind of Science/

by David Brunton

Questioning ANKOS  (Cellular automata art piece)

by George Maydwell.