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Six(ish) Degrees of Separation

This year, Facebook decided to celebrate its birthday as we all do: by hanging out with friends, enjoying some cake, and, of course, disproving a nearly century-old mathematical theory. As discussed in the New York Times article linked below, Facebook was able to show that Frigyes Karinthy’s famous “Six Degrees of Separation” theory was no […]

Who doesn’t like more bandwidth?

http://news.mit.edu/2013/new-approach-to-vertex-connectivity-could-maximize-networks-bandwidth-1224   Helen Knight, an MIT news correspondent, delves into some exciting research conducted by Computer Science Graduate student, Mohsen Ghaffari, at MIT. The focus of the research was on vertex connectivity within graphs, a topic that has not been robustly researched before, marking this recent discovery both exciting to the scientific community and to […]

Welcome to the Networks blog (Fall 2016) and How to Start Posting

Welcome to the course blog for INFO 2040! This is a course which will explore how the social, technological, and natural worlds are connected, and how the study of networks sheds light on these connections. Topics include: how opinions, fads, and political movements spread through society; the robustness and fragility of food webs and financial […]

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