With further exploration of authors related to the works of Pierre L?vy (see Collective Intelligence), Jonathan came upon the thinking by Notre Dame physicist, Albert-L?szl? Barab?si of “how everything is connected to everything else“. (Bonnie, Jonathan’s partner, is fond of a quite similar statement: “Everything is everything”.)
Linked: The New Science of Networks ASIN: 0738206679
Professor Barab?si focuses on how the connections are made by self-organized networks. And, his studies have made for some interesting conjectures about the Internet. (See “What does the Internet look like?”)
Again, thanks to Amazon.com which suggested a group of other related authors:
Evolution of Networks: From Biological Nets to the Internet and WWW ASIN: 0198515901
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference ASIN: 0316316962
Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order ASIN: 0786868449
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age ASIN: 0393041425
Small Worlds: The Dynamics Between Order and Randomness ASIN: 0691005419
Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks ASIN: 0393041530
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos ASIN: 0738204536
Include many “very connected” nodes, hubs of connectivity that shape the way the network operates. The ratio of very connected nodes to the number of nodes in the rest of the network remains constant as the network changes in size.
Matlis also notes that fractals exhibit the same properties.
Jonathan notes that Sebastien Paquet was pointing to this stuff almost a year ago!