Apply for the 10th Annual Wolfram Science Summer School
The Wolfram Science Summer School (formerly the NKS Summer School) is now accepting applications for its 10th season, to be held June 25–July 13, 2012, at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, United States.
We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to get involved with original research at the frontiers of science. Our participants come from diverse backgrounds but share a common passion to discover and explore cutting-edge ideas. Over the past ten years, participants have included graduate students, undergraduates, professors, industry professionals, artists, and even a few exceptional high-school students.
Last year’s Summer School featured many outstanding projects, like Sungchul Ji’s “Pivoting Polymer“:
A pivoting polymer is a rigid set of links where the points joining the links can rotate. When a point is rotated, the whole polymer pivots rigidly about that point. Pivots always happen in increments of 90 degrees. A red dot indicates the pivot point at each step in the animation. This simple system was used to model protein folding at the NKS Summer School 2011.
There are many other notable Demonstrations based on projects from previous years of the Summer School and on the New Kind of Science (NKS) book itself.
Whether this is the first time you’ve heard of the Summer School, you’ve thought about applying before but never got around to it, or you’re an alum, we encourage you to apply now. You can also take a look at the lecture notes from previous years to get a sense of what topics will be covered.
If you are accepted to the Summer School, you will work directly with others in the Wolfram Science community—including Stephen Wolfram and a staff of instructors who have made significant contributions to Wolfram Science projects like NKS and Wolfram|Alpha—on your own original project that could develop into published papers or the foundation of your thesis. If you’re serious about getting involved with similarly innovative ideas at the core of Wolfram Science and NKS, you should consider applying as soon as possible. We hope to see you there!
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I’ve run that demo several times. I now realize what bothers me about it. It’s a flatland demonstration, but there is no accommodation for the physics of flatland. Parts of the simulated polymer go “over” and “under” each other — on the flat surface.
Abigail, did the team publish any demonstrations where the simulated polymer can bend out of the plane?
Hi Phil, thanks for the comment. There is not a three-dimensional version of that Demonstration, though that sounds like a great variation and the logical next step (as you note). We’ve had several neuroscientists and biologists at the summer school in the past, perhaps someone will apply who wants to build on this project.