# Stephen Wolfram Q&A

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# Mathematics

(14)March 1, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## What do you think of the state of math and science education in the US right now?

March 1, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## Why have computer science and mathematics departments diverged so strongly in the recent past?

March 1, 1993

From: Interview by Paul Wellin, *Mathematica in Education*

## Do you think that mathematics and the rest of the sciences will tend to become less distinct, becoming more and more involved in similar computational tasks, albeit on different problems?

June 1, 1996

From: Interview by Stephen Collart, *Euromath Bulletin*

## Some observers see a research crisis in mathematical computation—a dearth of both fundamental and practical advances; others are concerned about a looming funding crisis. How do you see the situation?

June 1, 1996

From: Interview by Stephen Collart, *Euromath Bulletin*

## In what areas of mathematics do you see an underdeveloped potential for computational methods? What could be done to encourage developments?

April 9, 2005

From: Interview by Andres Hax, *Clarín*

## One of the most stunning aspects of *A New Kind of Science*—at least for a layman—is the absence of mathematics. In the long term, will your discoveries make mathematics an obsolete tool for scientific inquiry?

March 5, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## What got you into mathematics in the first place? What is your favorite piece of mathematics? i.e theorem, proof, fact, construction etc.

May 14, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## If somebody proved P=NP, what do you think your reaction would be?

May 14, 2012

From: Reddit AMA

## How do you see integration of computational thinking into general math education working? Is it something that every student should be exposed to? How deep does the integration go?

February 23, 2016

From: Reddit AMA

## What do you think is the most interesting open problem in mathematics?

November 7, 2016

From: Interview by Dingyu Chen, *Eton Magazine*

## Will mathematicians need to learn classical mathematics (algebra, analysis, calculus) in the future if computers can do it for us?

November 7, 2016

From: Interview by Dingyu Chen, *Eton Magazine*

## Hypothetically, if you could choose two fields of math, physics or computing to be magically fully researched, which ones would you choose, and why?

November 21, 2016

From: Interview by Sarah Lewin, Space.com

## If there are some aspects of mathematics that might be common for aliens and humans, would there also be a lot that wouldn’t overlap?

*I Ching*, from ancient China, kind of uses those—and there are places where they’d been kind of invented a long time ago, but really nobody cared until modern times, as computers and the whole wave of technology that makes good use of binary numbers. Read more

March 4, 2019

From: Reddit AMA