Plus advent calendar door #10: Small worlds on the brain

A partial graph of the Internet

A partial view of the Internet, as displayed in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Image created at CAIDA, © The Regents of the University of California, all rights reserved.

What do the human brain, the Internet and climate change have in common? They're all hugely complex, and while they're very different, the tools used to grapple with this complexity are likely to be similar. In 2008 visited the Cambridge Complex Systems Consortium, dedicated to building an over-arching science of complexity, and talked to neuroscientist Ed Bullmore, mathematician Frank Kelly and climate scientist Hans Graf about their take on complexity. This podcast accompanies the article Catching terrorists with maths.

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