June 23, 2010

Jim Moody, jmoody77@soc.duke.edu

Visual representations of social networks are integral to our field (Freeman, 2000).  This has been true for graph theory since Euler’s (1741) first puzzling over an efficient route over the seven bridges of Konigsberg, and Moreno was certainly clear about his goal of making the invisible fabric of social life visible (see his 1933  interview in the NY Times, for example).  Since then, we have seen images of “social atoms” depicting the star-like character of leading families in small towns, many images of connections among youth, links between nations’ trade volume, or ties among the power elite, to mention just a sprinkling of the total (see Freeman, 2000 for citations and review). Read the rest of this entry »