Not so long ago Animesh Sharma pointed to quite old interview of Steven Wolfram about the book “The New Kind of Science” and asked if concepts concerning a biological framework made their way into Mathematica software.
I’ve just returned from Poland Mathematica Conference, and I can answer that question: no, they didn’t. While there were people using Modelica and Mathematica to model some stochastic processes in cells, Mathematica itself does not provide much of a support for any sophisticated description of biological mechanisms. Implications of concepts from The New Kind of Science book looked very promising – it’s a pity that we are not given tools to verify them ourselves.
November 1, 2007 at 06:16
Thanks for the update Pawel. I have been hearing all this for almost a decade now. Simulations can go upto coding evolutionary algorithms [ http://www.nmmng.co.uk/472409be ] but what happened to Lipton’s ideas [ http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8506668136396723343&q=biology&hl=en ]? With mathematica, I feel it has almost everything to get going with such ideas… but the people.