[ILUG] Jennifer Chayes Lecture
thomas at staffeurs.org
Tue Feb 26 14:53:51 GMT 2008
David Malone wrote:
> Jennifer Chayes is giving is giving two lectures in Dublin on "The
> Mathematics of Dynamic Random Networks" on 26th and 27th of Feb:
> as part of the 2008 John Lewis Lectures. She's the manager of the
> theory group in Microsoft Research. The theory group do lots of
> interesting work on theoretical computer science, combinatorics and
> the like. These lectures (which are likely to be be relatively
> mathematical) may be of interest to some people here.
I was at the first lecture, and it was absolutely amazing for someone
with a computer background to see physicists and mathematicians make
models of "our" world.
The best quote is certainly "When the fitness of new entrants is high
enough, we have a model matching the Bose-Einstein Condensation theory"
i.e. There is missing mass (sum of all the page-rank -ish) in the model.
It's the mass of the next new thing (bebo, facebook, twitter ..) that
isn't born yet.
I guess that the second lecture, tomorrow in Trinity (11:00, Salmon,
Hamilton Building) will be of the same level.
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