We are all affected by an increasingly globalised world, in which we are all being more strongly connected to one another. The days of living in isolated sub-communities are well and truly over. This global phenomenon has lead researchers to develop theories of networks and graphs that represent and model our connected world.
These models have been used to study networks as diverse as the www, the internet, friendship networks, telephone calls, the pages on wikipedia and the pattern of messages on internet message boards. It has also lead to the introduction of the idea of a small world, and to trivia games such as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
This Lecture will identify some of the main findings in this research area, and map them onto participants’ observations of their own networks.
Tea and coffee from 18:00.