I recently came back from the NKS 2007 Summer School and the 2007 Wolfram Science conference. This was my third time at the Summer School, after being a student in 2003 and an instructor in 2005. Being an instructor at the NKS Summer School means giving lectures about A New Kind of Science, but the most intense part is supervising student projects. Each Summer School student carries out a project that can be used in a variety of ways---for example, some are published in academic journals, used as the basis of doctoral dissertations or incorporated into professional activity. (A nice feature of this year’s Summer School was that students could now also present their work in the Wolfram Demonstrations Project.) This year I supervised five projects, with topics ranging from social networks to finite state automata. And as an example, I thought I’d write a little bit about the story of NKS 2007 student Maurice Martel’s work.
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