University of Dundee

Stephen Wolfram Public Lecture

Event Date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 18:30 to 19:30
Event Location: 
D'Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building
Event Speaker: 
Stephen Wolfram

A free public lecture as part of the centenary celebrations of D'Arcy Thompson's landmark book On Growth and Form.

Stephen Wolfram is an internationally renowned computer scientists and physicist. Best known as the creator of Mathematica and the Wolfram Language, he is the author of A New Kind of Science and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Over the course of nearly four decades, he has been a pioneer in the development and application of computational thinking. His early work on complexity in nature led him to study the behaviour of simple computer programs known as cellular automata. These studies laid the groundwork for the emerging field that Wolfram called complex systems research. He went on to discover fundamental connections between computation and nature, and his work led to a wide range of applications, providing scientific foundations for such initiatives as complexity theory and artificial life. Wolfram himself used his ideas to develop a new randomness generation system and a new approach to computational fluid dynamics, both of which are now in widespread use. In this special keynote lecture, he will discuss the importance of D’Arcy Thompson to his ideas and the development of computational form.

Admission is free but tickets should be booked via Eventbrite.

This public lecture is also part of a 3-day interdisciplinary conference, On Growth and Form 100, being organised at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews. For conference details and registration see

Please note that this event replaces the previously advertised lecture by Lars Spuybroek, which had to be cancelled due to illness.