June 24–July 13, 2018

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Wolfram Summer School

June 24–July 13, 2018
Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Wolfram Science Track

A unique opportunity to do a research project, the Wolfram Science track is primarily for college and graduate students. Their projects take advantage of Wolfram technologies, methods found in Stephen Wolfram’s book A New Kind of Science, and more recent developments like data science and machine learning to tackle original problems on the cutting edge of science. Their results often turn into theses or publications, and can be the start of a new direction in their field.

Before the Summer School

  • Students will be provided with self-training tools and exercises in using the Wolfram Language
  • Suggested reading: the NKS book
  • Advisor assigned for each student

Week One

  • Basics of Wolfram Science (lectures by Stephen Wolfram and other instructors)
  • Class research project (live computer experiment led by Stephen Wolfram)
  • Project selection with Stephen Wolfram and advisor
  • Tutorials on implementing Wolfram Science methods in the Wolfram Language

Week Two

  • In-depth lectures on Wolfram Science
  • Lectures on application areas (physics, biology, social science, etc.)
  • Lectures on historical context and philosophical implications
  • Special-topic lectures by Stephen Wolfram (previous topics have included “Science-based careers”, “How to pick a research project”, “How to write a paper”, and “How to start a technology company”, as well as outlines of physics, aspects of scientific history, and much more)
  • Ongoing project meetings

Week Three

  • Continuing Wolfram Science lectures
  • Final preparation for presentations
  • Student presentations