Forty years ago Stephen Wolfram was a kid who wanted to study physics but didn't like doing math, so he started building software to do math. The result was the creation of Mathematica, which has enabled countless inventions and discoveries for over a quarter of a century and has helped educate generations of technical students. Stephen Wolfram used Mathematica to explore the computational universe of programs and build a major new direction in basic science. This, in turn, led him to create Wolfram|Alpha, which now provides computational knowledge for millions of people, phones, etc. Stephen Wolfram has had the rare experience of continuously building a stack of technology for more than 30 years, leading now to the recently released Wolfram Language. Stephen Wolfram's work has often been informed by his interest in the history of computers and computational thinking.
This talk will provide a unique first-person view of the evolution of Stephen Wolfram's work and thinking, as well as his interactions with many greats from science and technology.
Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA, 94043