Physicist Barabasi nominated for Wired Rave Award

by William G. Gilroy

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, a pioneer in networking as a unified scientific theory and Emil Hofman Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been nominated for a 2002 Wired magazine Rave Award.p. Created in 1999, the Rave Awards celebrate innovation and the individuals transforming commerce and culture and are presented in 13 categories that represent the most dynamic areas in art, entertainment, design, science, sports, business and politics.p. Barabasi was nominated in the author category for his book “Linked: The New Science of Networks.” Written for a general audience, the book describes how knowledge of common patterns of networks can illuminate many of life’s most basic mysteries. Barabasi and his research team have examined network patterns in all aspects of life, from the worldwide spread of AIDS, to social relationships among Hollywood film luminaries, to the al Queda terrorist organization. Among the other four nominees in the category is Stephen Wolfram, author of best seller “A New Kind of Science.” Wolfram also has been nominated as Renegade of the Year and in the scientist category.p. The editors of Wired and an international jury of visionaries called “The Brain Trust” selected award nominees. The Brain Trust will select the finalists in each of the 13 categories and the winners will be announced Jan.13 during a ceremony in San Francisco.p. Wired is designed for leaders in the field of digital information including top tier managers, creators and professionals in the computer, business, design, entertainment, media and education industries. Its editorial focus is on how technology affects life.p.

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