The mathematics of how connections become global
The importance of spotting the links in life. At what point does a meme go viral, a product start to dominate a market or a disease become a pandemic? Kelsey Houston-Edwards guides us through the many networks of percolation theory — the behaviour of a network when nodes or links are removed — and how this can be used to explain an incredibly varied range of connections. In this thought-provoking piece, she explains why understanding this mathematical model could make a difference in future research.
From Scientific American