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1 December 2022

What is the multiway graph in Wolfram Physics?

The multiway graph helps us visualize all the possible universes we have to keep in mind when we choose not to choose where to apply the rules of Wolfram Physics.

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17 November 2022

From clockwork to computation

Jonathan Gorard reveals why he found the computational approach to physics so compelling that he goaded Stephen Wolfram into founding The Wolfram Physics Project. He broaches a wide range of fascinating topics in the philosophy of science.

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10 November 2022

Why I don't like String Theory

In my conversation with Jonathan Gorard about the founding of the Wolfram Physics Project, I said that I don't like String Theory. Here's why.

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3 November 2022

The founding of the Wolfram Physics Project

In 2019, Jonathan Gorard helped goad Stephen Wolfram into launching The Wolfram Physics Project. Last week, I talked to Jonathan about the revolutionary ideas that have come out of the project, at what might prove a pivotal moment in the history of science.

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27 October 2022

Hypergraphs are everywhere

Wolfram Physics models the universe as a hypergraph. Maybe I'm just seeing things, but it seems to me that hypergraphs are everywhere: physics, chemistry, biology, neurology, ecology, sociology, technology. What I want to know is: Why? Why are hypergraphs everywhere?

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13 October 2022

How big is the computer that runs the universe?

I have my doubts about the existence of a computer that's whirring away performing the computations required to run our universe. But let's suppose that it does exist and ask a simple question: How big would it have to be?

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29 September 2022

Unary, binary, ternary, k‑ary: hyperedges in Wolfram Physics

Here are answers to some fundamental questions about hypergraphs: a hyperedge can connect any number of nodes, and a hypergraph can include any of these different kinds of hyperedge.

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15 September 2022

What is a hypergraph in Wolfram Physics?

So far, I've been simulating Wolfram Physics using graphs. But you may have come across simulations of Wolfram Physics using hypergraphs. What's the difference? What is a hypergraph?

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1 September 2022

Where to apply Wolfram's rules?

The question of where to apply Wolfram's rules is not as easily answered as you might think. This seemingly straightforward question will take us into the philosophy of time, causality, consciousness, contingency and determinism. And it'll lead us towards some of the most important concepts in Wolfram Physics: the multiway graph, branchial space and causal invariance.

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4 August 2022

Space‑time is dead

Thinking of space and time as effectively the same thing might be the biggest blunder physicists have ever made. Space-time is dead. Here's why... and how physicists got it so wrong for so long.

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21 July 2022

Is space continuous or discrete?

Has every physicist from Leucippus to Einstein been right to insist that space is continuous? Or is Wolfram right to up-end millennia of settled science and insist that space is discrete?

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7 July 2022

Beware invisible things

As I explore Wolfram Physics, I'm aware of certain invisible things that we believe in now, but we're going to have to let go, if Stephen Wolfram is right. And I'm also aware of the temptation to replace this old set of invisible things with a new set of invisible things. Here's why we'd do well to resist.

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9 June 2022

What are dimensions in Wolfram's universe?

If Stephen Wolfram is right, then our universe might not be uniformly three-dimensional. So maybe dimensionality isn't quite what we think it is. What, exactly, are dimensions?

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26 May 2022

Are Wolfram's graphs three‑dimensional?

How many dimensions are there in graphs generated by Wolfram Physics? Today I'm going to answer the question. And the answer's going to be unexpected. Here's a hint: it's not two and it's not three.

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12 May 2022

How to measure the dimensionality of the universe

The graphs of Wolfram Physics are going to have to be three-dimensional to be a true representation of our universe. But how can we tell whether they're three-dimensional? How would we measure the dimensionality of our own universe?

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28 April 2022

Where's the computer that runs the universe?

I've been running simulations of our universe on my low-powered laptop. If Stephen Wolfram's right and the real universe evolves computationally in the same way as these simulated universes, where's the computer that runs the universe?

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14 April 2022

The expanse: dimension, separation & explosion

If it's to be a viable theory of physics, Wolfram Physics has to accurately model space as we know it, including these fundamental characteristics: position, distance, dimension, separation & explosion. Let's see how it measures up.

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31 March 2022

What is space? the where and the how far

What does our universe look like? Let's start with space. By considering the most fundamental characteristics of space, we can see how the nodes, edges, graphs & rules of Wolfram Physics might accurately represent the world as we know it.

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17 March 2022

What is physics? the how and the why

I pick up a stone. I hold it in my hand, my palm over the stone, my fingers curled underneath. I let go. The stone falls. Why? This one-word question takes us to the heart of what physics is. And, perhaps more importantly, what physics isn't.

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3 March 2022

Different rules, different universes

What different rules could be applied to our universe? What different universes would arise from these rules? Here's an exploration of different rules, different universes.

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17 February 2022

Why you've never heard of Wolfram Physics

Wolfram Physics might be the most fundamental scientific breakthrough in your lifetime. And yet you've probably never heard of it. Here's why.

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3 February 2022

Nodes, edges, graphs & rules: the basic concepts of Wolfram Physics

According to Wolfram Physics, the universe is a network of points and lines. Here's my simple explanation of nodes, edges and graphs, along with rules, which determine how the universe evolves.

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20 January 2022

Why I'm writing about Wolfram Physics

If physics and mathematics have always eluded you, well, me too. Here's why I'm writing about Wolfram Physics, despite having lost interest in physics in 1988 and never truly got to grips with mathematics.

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A New Kind of Science

The book that introduced the concepts behind Wolfram Physics. It's a huge book, as we've come to expect from Stephen Wolfram, weighing in at over 1,200 pages, with striking illustrations on almost every one of them.

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