March 10, 2006

Linked By Barabasi

I just finished reading this book and it is one of the well written books that I have read in a while. Barabasi explains how everything is connected to everything else and that the world and the Internet are indeed small. Throughout the book he also brings together various researchers and writers who are linked together in peculiar ways. I have tried to list here some of the characters in Barabasi's book and the links between them as mentioned in the book. I did this solely to help me put together the network that Barabasi weaves in the book but perhaps it also illustrates that the world that we are in is indeed small.

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Paul
Leonhard Euler
Paul Erdos
Alfred Renyi
Albert Einstein
Bela Bolobas
Frigyes Karinthy
Stanley Milgram
Mark Granovetter
Duncan Watts
Steven Strogatz
Mark Newman
Malcolm Gladwell
Kevin Bacon
Craig Fass, Brian Turtle and Mike Ginelly
Vilfredo Pareto
Leo Kadanoff
Kenneth Wilson

Posted by vdakshin at 06:50 PM | Comments (0)

NKS and Brown

I spent three weeks in June/July at the beautiful Brown University campus for the New Kind of Science summer school. Though we spent most of the time at Macmillan hall (our lecture and work center) or Machado house (our dorm) we ventured out a bit to see the campus and downtown Providence. I enjoyed my time there completely especially the company, the Saturday morning soccer and the conversations. I would strongly recommend anyone who is interested in Complex Systems and Wolfram's work to attend this conference ... the energy and camaraderie is extremely motivating.

You can find more information about the NKS Summer School 2005 and about my project at http://www.wolframscience.com/summerschool/2005/participants/

Posted by vdakshin at 06:44 PM | Comments (0)