Small worlds
Arts and Medicine

Small worlds

Julia Buntaine

SciArt Center, New York, USA

Correspondence to: Julia Buntaine. Editor-in-Chief of SciArt in America, Executive Director at SciArt Center, SciArt Center, New York, USA. Email:

Submitted Jul 19, 2014. Accepted for publication Jul 23, 2014.

doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2223-3652.2014.08.07

One way in which scientific data can be represented is through what is called a “network”, a mathematical graph. With different types of data come different types of networks, varying in overall architecture and connective properties. The “Small World Network” (Figures 1-3), as described by Strogatz & Watts in 1998, has an architecture that reflects the connective behavior of different brain areas during consciousness. Other systems which show small world properties include road maps, metabolic processing, voter networks, and social networks, among others.

Figure 1 Title: Small Worlds (detail I); materials: styrofoam, copper, wood; dimension: 3'×3'×3'; year: 2012.
Figure 2 Title: Small Worlds (detail II); materials: styrofoam, copper, wood; dimension: 3'×3'×3'; year: 2012.
Figure 3 Title: Small Worlds (detail III); materials: styrofoam, copper, wood; dimension: 3'×3'×3'; year: 2012.

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Cite this article as: Buntaine J. Small worlds. Cardiovasc Diagn Ther 2014;4(4):337-338. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2223-3652.2014.08.07

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