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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave
July/August 2002 (vol. 4 no. 4)
pp. 3-5

Not long ago, a friend had an experience that some might call a "post-modern, social network/computer network crossover event." She works at a large research lab, and one day sent an email letter of acceptance to a prospective summer student. Two days later, my friend got email from her sister,who has no connection to my friend's lab and lives in Europe. Amazingly, the second email contained a copy of the acceptance letter. The explanation for this happening that first comes to mind is probably some sentence containing the phrases "degrees of separation" or "connectivity of the Web." I suggest that as scientists, we might not want to accept these buzzwords as an explanation and, more to the point, that these phenomena raise important and exciting computational issues.

Francis Sullivan, "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave," Computing in Science and Engineering, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 3-5, July-Aug. 2002, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2002.10005
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