Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Jon Kleinberg on information networks

I caught up today with Jon Kleinberg, professor of computer science at Cornell and recent winner of a MacArthur Fellowship for his research in networks and network navigation. Jon is, to put it mildly, well connected to what's happening at the intersection of computer science and sociology. Those of you with a technical bent will appreciate Jon's online notes for his class "The Structure of Information Networks." Other than the 1945 Atlantic Monthly article, "As We May Think," by V. Bush, Jon's syllabus is pretty heavy-duty. It also includes a neat list of "Other courses with overlapping content," drawn from universities around the world. These courses include many that are purely technical, as well as a few with significant sociological content, such as these:

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