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Facebook, Fads and the Flu: The Mathematics and Physics of Networks

Thursday 21 January 2016 at 5:00 PM

 

There are networks in every part of our lives: the Internet, the power grid, the road network, networks of friendship or acquaintance, ecological networks, biochemical networks, and many others. As large-scale data on these networks have become available in the last few years, a new science of networks has grown up combining observations and mathematics to shed light on systems ranging from bacteria to the whole of human society.  This talk will give an introduction to this fascinating branch of science, and discuss some of its fundamental questions.  How many people do you really know? Is it really true that there are six degrees of separation between you and everyone else?  And how do the networks that link us affect things like the spread of ideas, fads, fashions, or this year's flu?

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Ending at: 6:00 PM
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http://www.keble-asc.com/?id=-2165&cid=1595

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