Where would we be without transportation networks, communication networks and especially energy networks. This is something Anna Nagurney stresses in Networks – The Science-Spanning Disciplines. We never think about how we would would get anywhere if it wasn’t for transportation networks. So many of us use apps that help us get to our daily activities for example the Waze App, Transit App, Google Maps App, what would our lives be without it we would need a very good memory on how to get to places in a very big city. Communication networks are one of the biggest things that our society uses to connect to others like FaceTime and Skype. Those two apps essentially help us to connect to family that we would never be able to see if we lives without it. One thing Anna Nagurney emphasizes is how we never realize that energy networks is something that is crucial to our society that we sometimes disregard. What would like be like if we lives through that time of the September blackout in 2003. Anna Nagurney states “some of you guys were probably having withdrawal” and this wasn’t even the peak of societies networking, imagine if that took place today. Something that stood out to me is that early on in her audio talk Anna Nagurney states “It’s not a paperless society.” Many of us would be less connected with each other and society if these networks didn’t exist.
This leads me to the article Albert-Laslo Barabasi – Taming Complexity – which shows how nodes in life are connected to links when it comes to networks. For example in the article it states “ Hollywood actors linked to movies”. These nodes that are connected to links ultimately lead to flows. In the article Albert-Laslo Barabasi – Taming Complexity – it states “For instance, the epidemiologist’s desire to predict the extent of the next influenza outbreak,
the computer security expert’s need to contain the next worm, or the social scientist’s need to explore the emergence of ideas are all limited by the need to quantify how the structure of a network impacts the spreading processes taking place on it”. This shows how a node that is connected to a link can ultimately give off the desire to find a flow in networking. The need for a physicist studying complex networks in such a diverse world is the fact that the way nodes and links work in networking is unpredictable.