We will never know what Ada could have become. (Yes, it was a small world. But Ada herself was still largely a footnote at that point. He’s also built a knowledge engine called Wolfram Alpha that you have used in Siri, Alexa, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.” Listen to the interview on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Saying he is a ‘physicist’ is like saying LeBron James is a ‘basketball player.’ If you’re a math geek, you’ve probably used a product he created called Mathematica. Newton figured out about motion of the planets, but couldn’t imagine anything but a supernatural being first setting them in motion. But while WolframTones has been successful as an example of algorithmic music composition, the only trace of it on my phone is the image of WolframTones compositions that I use as my home screen: How do I take notes when I’m “out and about”? But the second is in my email. It is a story of people who had the confidence to be original and creative. Very interesting and encouraging for other remote Companies. Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. In addition to his corporate leadership, Wolfram is deeply involved in the development of the company’s technology, personally overseeing the functional design of the company’s core products on a daily basis, and constantly introducing new ideas and directions. Stephen, as of December, Apple’s new Mac Pro is now available — a greater cheese grater. So, for example, here are school geography notes from when I was 11 years old, together with the text of a speech I gave: I have to say that pretty much whenever I start looking through my scanned documents from decades ago I end up finding something unexpected and interesting, that very often teaches me something about myself, and about how I ended up developing in some particular direction. (One difference in modern times is that subsystems are represented much more hierarchically; another is that everything is now computable, so that actual behavior of the system can be simulated from the representation.). But Ada continued to interact with (as she put it) Mr. Babbage and Mrs. Somerville, both separately and together. But he made all sorts of “make it simpler” suggestions about the interface and the documentation. That Ada touched what would become a defining intellectual idea of our time was good fortune. Usually we (which quite often actually means me) will write documentation for a function before the function is implemented. But in Babbage’s day such machines were still just curiosities, not reliable enough for everyday practical use. But even though I can’t search for handwritten material, I can often find it just by “looking in the right box”. After CERN I joined NeXT and met Steve + many influential people. It sounds like arbtt  might be of interest to you, as another tool that captures your activity on the computer. Stephen Wolfram is the creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha and the Wolfram Language; the author of A New Kind of Science; and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. As I think about my day, I ask myself what aspects of it aren’t well optimized. If he does consent to what I propose, I shall probably be enabled to keep him out of much hot water; & to bring his engine to consummation, (which all I have seen of him & his habits the last 3 months, makes me scarcely anticipate it ever will be, unless someone really exercises a strong coercive influence over him). When I give talks and so on, I almost always use the latest internal version. The conversation was going on, but he said he couldn’t go to dinner, and actually he was quite distracted, because he was going out on a date that evening—and he hadn’t been on a date for a long time. Thank you for your comment and recommendation, Domi! No doubt it helps that I haven’t mostly been walking in public places, so there aren’t other people around. Later on, at the age of 20, Wolfram received a PHD in particle physics from the California Institute of Technology on 19th November 1979. But in many ways she seems to have found her controlling and manipulative.