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July 7, 2002

From: Interview by Loch Adamson, The New York Times

Is it hard for you to look to a larger audience for the future of A New Kind of Science, to think of its having iterations you can’t control, as if it were a program itself?

I have to admit that I have some misgivings about taking the things that I find—these beautiful facts—and putting them out there into the world. What is always disappointing for a person like me is that one has gone to a lot of effort to explain what one has done, and then people start trying to take steps beyond that, but they haven’t understood what has already been done. And so the steps they take are off in some peculiar direction that one has already completely covered. So I am hoping it will be possible to set up educational mechanisms to allow people to understand what has been achieved so far.

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