Links of the week


A New Kind of Science: A 15-Year View – BackChannel
Stephen Wolfram celebrates 15 years after publishing A New Kind of Science with a long article elucidating the computational paradigm introduced in his 1000+-pages book. If one manages to withstand the Wolfram’s self-celebratory tone and prolix writing, there’s a deep idea to be savoured: what if the fundamental descriptions of nature are not elegant mathematical equations, but simple programs? What can we then say about these programs? Do they all have the same irreducible complexity?

Inside One Founder’s Personal Fast Club – BackChannel
Five years ago, it was meditation, now it’s fasting. Read about the new Silicon Valley, but not only, craze about not eating, and it’s superlative health benefits. Research is positive, but still very scant.

How Much Do You Really Understand? – Scott Young
Excellent explanation about checking your understanding of anything, and why we often underestimate our ignorance. Plus some tips on how to learn to learn.

JupyterLab: the next generation of the Jupyter Notebook – Jupyter
What are the promises of JupyterLab? Pretty impressive!

JupyterLab: The evolution of the Jupyter web interface – O’Reilly
A short, but insightful, interview of Brian Granger, one of the creators of Jupyter Notebook and its evolution, JupyterLab: What issues is JupyterLab addressing and what are the new features?

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