This is a visual representation of the internet. Image source
phys.org, June 2016
Sometimes when I think about Kuhn’s paradigm shifts in science, I wonder if physics will ever be supplanted by something else, especially when considering that we are in the Information Age, one pivot away from the Industrial Age. Is information ultimately physical, or does it transcend the physical? Can information exist apart from the physical world?
Back on track, we have here in this mention of a quantum web is a glimpse of a potential future where network science (part graph science) is the new edge of science.
In this new study, thinking about quantum networks in light of abstract mathematical graphs really optimizes the architecture of the network. (A Scientist in the article declares that “a network is a physical system,” by the way.)
Albert-László Barabási, head of Barabási Labs and author of two major books on network science as well as a full textbook on the subject:
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life, c.2001
Network Science [the textbook]
Inter-links from Network Address:
-on Barabási’s Bursts
Current News in Network Science (aka Connection Science?)
April 2016, phys.org