Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Networks and Physics Subject Classifications

The American Physical Society has a revealed a new physics subject classification (called "Physics Subject Headings" and "PhySH" as a shorthand), and "networks" is listed as a primary category in the top level of classification. The study of networks has come a long way in terms of how it's perceived! Networks is indeed physics.

(Tip of the cap to Sang Hoon Lee.)

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