LECTURE: The Internet, Epidemics, and Kevin Bacon: The Emerging Science of Networks
March 17th, 2005 by Tom Johnson

Santa Fe Inst. Public Lecture

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 • 7:30 PM • James A. Little Theater, Santa Fe, NM

Mark Newman
Professor of Physics and Complex Systems, University of Michigan, Ann
Arbor; External Faculty, Santa Fe Institute

Abstract: There
are networks in almost every part of our lives. Some of them are
familiar and obvious: the Internet, the power grid, the road network.
Others are less obvious but just as important. The patterns of
friendships or acquaintances between people form a social network.
Boards of Directors join together in networks of corporations. The
workings of the body's cells are dictated by a metabolic network of
chemical reactions. In recent years, sociologists, physicists,
biologists, and others have learned how to probe these networks and
uncover their structures, shedding light on the inner workings of
systems ranging from bacteria to the whole of human society. This
lecture looks at some new discoveries regarding networks, how these
discoveries were made, and what they tell us about the way the world

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