Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 18:30
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Geophysical Laboratory

Bob Hazen, staff scientsist at the Geophysical Laboratory, continues our Neighborhood Lecture Series with the second of four lectures. The distribution of minerals on Earth, Mars, and other worlds mimics social networks, as commonly applied to such varied topics as Facebook interactions, the spread of disease, and terrorism networks.

chorddiagram.jpgApplying social network analysis (SNA) to common rocks, such as granite and basalt, reveals patterns of cohesion, segregation, density, and cliques that are similar to those of human social networks. These patterns provide new insights into the way planets evolve, especially the co-evolving geosphere and biosphere. SNA also offers promising new pedagogical approaches to teaching mineralogy and petrology.

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