*Stephen Wolfram’s diverse areas of research include mathematics, physics, and computing. Though his early career was focused on particle physics, he went on to create the widely used computer algebra system Mathematica and, later, the search engine Wolfram Alpha. He is author of *A New Kind of Science* — a study of simple computational systems such as cellular automata — and current CEO of Wolfram Research.*

*The announcement early yesterday morning of experimental evidence for what’s presumably the Higgs particle brings a certain closure to a story I’ve watched (and sometimes been a part of) for nearly 40 years. In some ways I felt like a teenager again. Hearing about a new particle being discovered. And asking the same questions I would have asked at age 15. “What’s its mass?” “What decay channel?” “What total width?” “How many sigma?” “How many events?”*

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