Issue No. 04 - July/August (2002 vol. 4)
<p>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. </p>
F. Sullivan, "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 4, no. , pp. 3-5, 2002.