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Subject: Revisionist history of network analysis
From: Mason Alexander Porter <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mason Alexander Porter <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 5 Dec 2010 12:32:58 +0000

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I'm a mathematician/physicist (somewhere in between, really) working on 
network science, and I've never heard of Ted Lewis. :P

As far as I can tell, historical knowledge of one's field (especially when 
focusing on a particular perpsective within it) is in general bad among 
most practitioners, so I can't say I'm surprised at what Brian 
found---but it's pretty rampant in every discipline in which I've ever 
been involved (and probably rampant just about everywhere else).  It 
doesn't excuse it, of course, but it's probably no more egregious in this 
field than it is everywhere else.

I'd actually like to question the idea of Lewis dividing network research 
into historical eras in the first place why bother?  I'm currently writing 
a textbook on networks, and my goal is to teach the subject while making 
the book as short as I can.  I don't want to pretend to be a historian, 
and I already know I can never possibly give credit to everyone who 
deserves it.  (That said, I definitely hope to get enough comments 
beforehand so I don't do anything _too_ egregious...)  Though I guess 
maybe my other goal is to try not to be yelled at too badly on SOCnet. :P


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