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Mikaela Keller

This book , I think is about that...
("LINKED: The New Science of Networks",A. Barabasi)

Shannon Clark

Nova, something similar is behind many of the advances in "Network Theory" in the past few years. For general interest look at books such as Synch; Linked; Nexus; and Emergence; as well as books such as Six Degrees: the Science of a Connected Age.

In all of the above there is at least some discussion of what has happened when physicists started looking at networks in other contexts as a source for problems to be solved - very interesting stuff and indeed deeply mathematical.

Also exactly the type of stuff I'm hoping my soon to launch MeshForum (http://www.meshforum.org - up live later this week) will be focused on - this interplay between disciplines, academia and business. The combination of insights and knowledge from the AI community with the fundemental research (and mathematics) of other fields as well as the practical questions, debates, and data sources from the business community (both social networking new businesses and the even larger data sets inside of "big" businesses. Imagine what happens if graph theory and network theory could be applied to the data set of transactions flowing through VISA or money flows through the banking system - could be very informative and valuable.)

More later - I'll post on this on MeshForum in a bit.

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