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26 January 2023
How to draw the hypergraph in Wolfram Physics
The hypergraph is the universe. So if we want to see the universe, we need only draw the hypergraph. The question is: how? Jonathan Gorard and I discuss how to see what's really going on in Wolfram Physics.
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19 January 2023
What is the Big Bang in Wolfram's universe?
What is the Big Bang in Wolfram Physics? It's the point in the evolution of the universe where the hypergraph goes from nothing to something. The question is, how does the universe go from nothing to something?
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5 January 2023
Graphs v hypergraphs in Wolfram Physics
Here's a slightly technical question: Does Wolfram Physics really need hypergraphs? Or could it based on graphs instead? Jonathan Gorard explains how hypergraphs, rather than graphs, came to be the basis of Wolfram Physics.

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10 January 2022
The most fundamental scientific breakthrough of our time
Welcome to The Last Theory, an easy-to-follow exploration of what might be the last theory of physics.
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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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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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10 January 2022
The most fundamental scientific breakthrough of our time
Welcome to The Last Theory, an easy-to-follow exploration of what might be the last theory of physics.
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8 December 2022
Why I took a chance on Wolfram Physics
Jonathan Gorard admits that it was a risk, for his academic career, to work on the Wolfram Physics project. I asked Jonathan how he thought about that risk and why he decided to take it.
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15 December 2022
Is Wolfram Physics the next scientific revolution?
For the last few hundred years, all our theories of physics have been mathematical. If Stephen Wolfram is right, from now on, our most fundamental theories of physics may be computational. This shift feels to me like a scientific revolution.
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22 December 2022
Why hypergraphs might be a good model of the universe
Wolfram Physics is based on hypergraphs. Why? Here's Jonathan Gorard's deeply insightful answer to this core question, so fundamental to why we should take the Wolfram model seriously.
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29 December 2022
Where I'm going with Wolfram Physics in 2023
I've been blown away by your response to The Last Theory in 2022. Here are 7 directions I want to take The Last Theory in 2023.
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5 January 2023
Graphs v hypergraphs in Wolfram Physics
Here's a slightly technical question: Does Wolfram Physics really need hypergraphs? Or could it based on graphs instead? Jonathan Gorard explains how hypergraphs, rather than graphs, came to be the basis of Wolfram Physics.
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19 January 2023
What is the Big Bang in Wolfram's universe?
What is the Big Bang in Wolfram Physics? It's the point in the evolution of the universe where the hypergraph goes from nothing to something. The question is, how does the universe go from nothing to something?
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26 January 2023
How to draw the hypergraph in Wolfram Physics
The hypergraph is the universe. So if we want to see the universe, we need only draw the hypergraph. The question is: how? Jonathan Gorard and I discuss how to see what's really going on in Wolfram Physics.

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